Overlooking the centre of London’s most famous garden square on one side with a dual aspect over Pall Mall, 24 St James’s Square’s imposing pilastered and channeled Portland Stone façade has been watching over one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods since 1902. Now the building has undergone a major structural and interior redevelopment to provide 17,705 sq ft of grade A super prime contemporary office space in the heart of St James’s.
St James’s Square has been a fashionable abode since the 1700s when no less than seven Dukes and seven Earls were in residence in the square. Even today it is the address for some of the world’s most exclusive brands, businesses, and clubs. A stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and the Ritz, 24 St James’s Square has been refurbished to the very highest standards by architects BLDA who have added an additional storey with a new penthouse executive suite and redeveloped the interior of the building with high end finishes throughout.
Fitted out in a style sympathetic to the building’s architecture but with a luxury contemporary twist, the interior mixes fine period detail with contemporary styling. The luxurious interior features extensive use of highly polished walnut panelling into which many of the internal doors are set. The architects were looking for an ironmongery specification which would compliment the elegant design aesthetic.
Chris Phillips, Director at BLDA says “I think the selected traditional bronze ironmongery colour and style is important as it suits period buildings. It works well with the polished oak core doors and warm leather interiors of the foyer. It also coordinates with the bronzed windows and shopfronts facing Pall Mall. The design with BLDA won the International Property Awards Best UK office 2019.”
BLDA turned to door hardware specification specialist Franchi to produce an ironmongery schedule that would fit the bill. The two companies have worked together on a number of high end residential developments and Franchi was tasked with producing the sleek, seamless look that the design of 24 St James’s Square demanded. Franchi selected a suite of period bespoke bronze and polished nickel handles and projecting ironmongery, along with high tech concealed hinges to achieve an uninterrupted timber face on the panelled sections.