With its legendary address and bold ionic columns, the Grade II-listed Selfridges building on Oxford Street has been a British institution since its doors first opened in 1909. Designed by American architect Daniel Burnham, its traditional external styling hides a more modern steel structure.
When a new restaurant was planned, some of the building’s famous bronze-framed windows – some as tall as 8m - needed to be restored and adapted. With our specialist expertise, construction managers Sir Robert McAlpine commissioned TRC to undertake the 6-week contract.
Due to the busy location, and to prevent inconvenience to customers, most of the work took place at night. Using specialist equipment, we cleaned and repaired the bronze frames and timber subframes; and painted the frames with a specially selected metal paint. We removed the existing glass, replaced the seals and installed new white 15mm laminated glazing. Ironmongery was refurbished, and new smoke vent actuators were installed.
Construction Manager: Sir Robert McAlpine
Contract Value: £120,000
Timber window repairs