Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has completed the £5 million restoration of the Grade I listed St. Mark’s building in Mayfair.
Built in 1822, St Mark’s was listed as a Grade I property in 1958 and placed on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register in 1989.
Numerous attempts have been made to revive St Mark’s through proposals for alternative uses but none were successful in securing a long-term use for the building which were sympathetic to is character and which would enable the major restoration works required to be carried out.
In 2014, Grosvenor’s proposals to transform the building into a retail and dining destination and community hub were approved. The plans were both sensitive to the historic fabric and significance of the former church and would allow it to be fully opened up to the public after decades in private ownership.
Grosvenor has repaired and restored the building’s historic features including the front portico, chancel altar and reredos, the font and its surrounding paintings and panels. The bell tower has been restored to enable the one tonne bell to ring for the first time in over 40 years. The stained glass windows, damaged crypt and basement chapel also benefitted from extensive repairs.
Craig McWilliam, chief executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, commented: “This has been an exciting opportunity for us to use our experience in restoring architecturally and historically significant buildings to open up much needed new public and community space right in the heart of London’s West End.
“Our investment in St. Mark’s is an illustration of our wider vision for Mayfair, making it more open, enticing and accessible for those who visit, live and work in the West End. We are delighted to have breathed new life into this outstanding heritage asset and that its architecture, charm and grandeur can be enjoyed by the public once again.”
Grosvenor has a 20-year vision to transform its London estate to help tackle the pressures facing the capital. With London's rapid growth, this strategy will see Mayfair and Belgravia be more active, more open and more integrated, working harder for the city. In the next 10 years Grosvenor will invest £1 billion in future proofing its estate to help it meet the challenges of population growth and to deliver the vision.
Craig McWilliam said: “We will continue to invest across our London estate to protect and promote its heritage and distinct character but also to ensure it is prepared for the challenges of the future.”
The company is in discussions with an operator for the retail and dining space and will make an announcement in due course. A free to use community space will also be open in the crypt for local residents and groups from summer 2018.
01/05/2018 11:09 by Buildington
Arup and Grosvenor have unveiled an innovative new ‘living wall’ which has the potential to reduce air pollution by up to 20%.
The structure is being trialed in the UK for the first time and has been installed on scaffolding at the Grade I listed St Mark’s building.
Grosvenor is transforming the property to create new retail and community space, which is due to complete in 2017.
The wall, named ‘Living Wall Lite’, spans 80m² and comprises a mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries, reducing the visual impact of scaffolding on local residents. As well as improving air quality, it also, studies have also shown that living walls have been found to reduce noise pollution by up to 10 decibels.
The wall has been designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish living wall specialist Green Fortune, and will be fitted with sensors to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.
“This is a great initiative and is in line with our long-term ambition to improve the environmental sustainability of the buildings across our London estate, reducing emissions by 50% by 2030. As the estate continues to adapt and evolve we want to ensure that the impact on the community is positive. As well as reducing air pollution, we hope the living wall will introduce a rich biodiversity to Mayfair and encourage people to linger in the area,” said Mark Tredwell, Development Director, Grosvenor.
“Living Wall Lite has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover up. By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site,” commented Alistair Law, Façade Engineer and the Living Wall Lite’s developer, Arup
Arup has a long history of innovation and works hard to enable its staff to develop new products, explore new business models and successfully take ideas to market.
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