Preserving the capital’s captivating history
We love working on historic buildings across the UK, but there’s something about preserving the history of our capital that engenders an extra sense of pride.
One of our latest projects takes us into the heart of Mayfair, to one of the first Georgian squares to have been built in the 1720s in the West End of London, Hanover Square.
The grand residences of Hanover Square have gradually been replaced by commercial premises but two houses, numbers 20 and 24, survive with their original facades and both are preserved as grade II listed buildings.
After lying empty for a number of years, we are now helping breathe new life into number 20, fitting secondary glazing as part of its renovation and conversion to offices.
It is a project that has been four years in the planning, with our sample window originally being fitted back in 2016. It’s great to see the development now starting to take shape and wonderful to know we’ll be helping bring a piece of London’s history back into mainstream use.
The square remains a much-loved green space, graced by a variety of statues old and new with echoes of its elegant foundations.
Fascinating facts about number 20
Number 20 Hanover Place was designed by the French Huguenot architect, Nicholas Dubois. After serving as a military engineer, impressive town houses became his signature construction. It was owned first by a Scottish peer, the Duke of Montrose, followed by a succession of seven Earls. It became run-down under the ownership of Abercrombie and was at risk of demolition when sold to property developers of the late 19th Century, Gretton and Vaughan.
Fortunately, it was saved in 1890 when bought by the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society (RMCS).This began a 110-year medical legacy as a meeting place for many of the specialist societies that emerged during the latter part of the 19th century. Within its walls many advances in knowledge and practice were first announced and it remained in the hands of the Royal Society of Medicine until 2001.
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