Faience cladding 5-7 St. Helens Place
5-7 St. Helen’s Place is in the heart of the City of London. The scheme will provide new premises, meeting hall and staff accommodation for the Leathersellers’ Company, with office space above, and is opposite a previously approved redevelopment on the north side of the dead-end street. It will retain the existing 1919 Portland stone facade on the south side of 5-7 St. Helen’s Place, with facilities for the Leathersellers at ground and basement levels, with five floors of offices totalling 3,157 sq. metres. The current building’s rear facade, facing the medieval church, will be removed and replaced by a new façade which consists of more than 13,000 handmade glazed ceramic modules in 60 different models. Apart from the restoration of faience blocks of traditional buildings, this is our firm’s first large project in the UK.
In close collaboration with Eric Parry Architects, we have developed a glaze that has the desired effect and complies with all the required standards. It is a mix of two glazes that have to be applied in a very specific way in order to reach the desired effect. Since this is a very prestigious project which will be watched closely by many, for us this is a great opportunity to introduce our knowhow and skills in the UK.