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A new school facility in a Grade-II Listed Building 

In order to provide additional office and seminar spaces, the Architectural Association took on a new building near their Bloomsbury Campus. Built Works lead a team to adapt and refurbish the disused office building for use as part of the AA campus in Central London.

The existing building is two Georgian townhouses that were joined together in the 1970s, and simce then used as headquarters by the RAF and Football Association, and most recently used as a storage facility by the neighbouring British Museum.

Internally the building was in relatively good condition, however the external brickwork, windows and decorative feature were in a poor state of repair. Built Works oversaw a programme of initial building regulations related work to adapt the office building to safe use by the AA for their students. There then followed a long programme of exterior refurbishments and conservation work - much of which were repairs, as well as a substantial amounts of work to undo poorly executed repointing and banding using concrete based moratars. The majority of the building was repointed using a lime based mortar. The windows and doors were refurbished and decorated. We liased with The Heritage Practice and Camden Conservation to plan these works.

The final phase of work is to carry out interior works and decoration, including a conservation and refurbishment of the two stone staircases, new flooring, lighting and signage throughout.

Status: Phase 1: Complete, Phase 2:Complete, Phase 3: Ongoing
Client: The Architectural Association
Location: Bloomsbury, London
Contractor: Steadberry
Building Control: Shore
Structural Engineer: Harley Haddow
Conservation Consultant: The Heritage Practice

Project Development

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