MJP, Short & Associates and Civic Engineers designed offices and hospitality for wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd was officially topped-out this week. The development is due for completion by UK National Contractor Galliford Try later this year.
The project is located in the St James’s Conservation Area within the City of Westminster on a very tight and sensitive urban site, surrounded on three sides by four Grade II* listed buildings. The proposal is effectively split into two distinct parts. At Ground floor and above the scheme provides around 9000sft of lettable office floorspace whilst below ground level the new & refurbished basements extend BB&R’s existing Hospitality and Wine School facilities.
Offices and Re-use
The office is accessed from St. James’s Street, through a re-configured shopfront of Richard Norman Shaw’s Alliance Assurance Building, 1881. Upon arrival into this new reception space one would proceed into a three storey high circulation atrium – a space uniting an existing lightwell of Shaw’s building with the re-claimed rear façade of an early 18th Century Georgian Terrace.
…located in the St James’s Conservation Area within the City of Westminster on a very tight and sensitive urban site, surrounded on three sides by four Grade II* listed buildings
The rear of the terrace is exposed in full for the first time in over a hundred years – earlier subsequent developments having been built up against its blank rear wall. The space will be enclosed by a glass roof, above which the new brick elevation rises. The offices themselves offer square floorplates with views over St James’s Park
Hospitality and Cellars
There are a number of adjoining buidings in the same ownership and this is most evident at the basement levels where a number of buildings are interlinked. Over the years BB&R have re-invigorated the wine cellars by transforming them into Hospitality and Event spaces. In a further development of this process the new basements , including a newly excavated sub-basement, of 62 & 63 Pall Mall are inhabited by BB&R’s Hospitality and Corporate Events.
A new double storey hospitality space is created, with a tiled fan vaulted soffit and a mezzanine. A new commercial kitchen is also incorporated at sub-basement which re-organises existing facilities and allows the renovation and expansion of the ‘Napoelon Cellar’ at the base of the Alliance Assurance building.