Façade cladding 5-7 St. Helens
Location: City of London
Architect: Eric Parry Architects
Commissioned: The Leathesellers’ Company
Product: glazed faience blocks in 60 models
5-7 Saint Helens Place is in the heart of the City of London. The scheme will provide a 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 totaling 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 hand made glazed ceramic modules in 60 different models. Apart from the restoration of faience blocks of traditional buildings, this is the first large project of our firm in the UK.
In close collaboration with Eric Parry Architects, we have developed a glaze that has the desired effect and complies with all 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 know how and skills in the UK.