prior to refurbishment.
has been at the forefront of contemporary design ever since its
first store opened, almost two centuries ago. Its name is synonymous
with high quality workmanship and attention to detail. It should
be no surprise therefore to find the home furnishing retailer
applying exacting standards to the care of its listed, flagship,
store in London's Tottenham Court Road.
was contracted over a 14-week period to carry out a variety of
repair and maintenance works to the store's exterior. The
complete Portland stone facades needed to be cleaned and repaired
while maintenance work was carried out to the store's flagpoles,
pavement lights and roof.
other tasks included applying gold leaf to the large carved letters
at the very top of the building's façade. At first floor
level, a series of external embossed cast iron plates depicting
the various activities of the store also required repainting in
their original colours, in keeping with the terms of the building's
course all of this was being carried out in one of the busiest
shopping locations in London - and to a business that stays open
seven days a week. Even painting the windows meant careful co-ordination
by the site manager with the occupants of the building, to ensure
minimum disruption to their business.
also had to ensure that the very large scaffolding required to
carry out the works could safely support a specially designed
tapestry covering its full height and length. Heals had chosen
the tapestry to make a feature of the work for the benefit of
shoppers, pushing its façade further into Tottenham Court
Loveland of Tuffin, Ferraby and Taylor, building surveyor to Heal's,
described Kingswood's approach as typically 'proactive', with
a 'good site manager' resulting in a satisfied client. It was,
he said, 'very Kingswood'. Since
completion of the project Kingswood has continued to help Heal's
on a variety of works.
Tuffin, Ferraby and Taylor