Bespoke Allgood ironmongery helps transform Soho’s Pathé building

Sheppard Robson Architects LLP has completed the renovation of the former offices of production company Pathé Films at 103-109 Wardour Street. Overcoming initial specification difficulties, the architect’s practice turned to Allgood to provide a bespoke, bronze finished ironmongery solution that would seamlessly integrate with the architecture of the building.

The transformation of the building was a challenging task for Sheppard Robson. Originally offices for Pathé Films, the 1900’s building was renovated for the first time in 1996. However, there was an architectural imbalance as whilst the facade retained the original Edwardian style, the rest of the building was renovated. This led to the historical front forming a veil that covered a contemporary building of lower design quality.

Consequently, Sheppard Robson looked to redesign the contemporary elements in a way that would complement the original structure and opted for a bespoke bronze finish on all ironmongery supplied by Allgood, which helped to turn an architectural vision into a working reality.

ID:SR, Sheppard Robson’s interior design group, wanted to deliver 15 residential units, including two penthouses, that were rooted within the history of the area whilst simultaneously providing modern amenities. With the flats retailing at the higher end of the market, it was imperative that Allgood’s specification complemented a luxury aesthetic.

Initial discussions with the architect showed that they wanted to specify a consistent ironmongery finish throughout the entire building. This was a challenge for Allgood, as there were several different types of doors, textures and colours throughout the property.

Allgood felt stainless steel would not be appropriate for this type of residential building so a bronze finish was agreed upon.

Discussing the project’s ironmongery requirements Borja Marcaida, Associate at Sheppard Robson Architects LLP said:

“The biggest challenge was to keep a consistent bronze effect finish for all ironmongery throughout the building.”

As such, incorporated throughout the building is Allgood’s Modric 1761 900mm pull handles and Robert-Mallet Steven’s designed FSB 41076 lever handles with a specialist bronze finish. Complementing the ironmongery, Allgood also supplied bespoke signage in a matching bronze finish including numerals, letters and various symbols.

Like with any central London residential building, space is an extremely valuable commodity. In order to maximise space in the apartments, Allgood also supplied bronze pocket door locking kits for all the bathrooms.

This successful collaboration and renovation resulted in a BREEAM Ecohomes ‘Excellent’ rating for the refurbished elements and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for new build areas.

Designed and manufactured in Allgood’s UK factory, Modric utilises the finest Grade 316 solid stainless steel bar, resulting in a high quality, durable ironmongery range. Finished by hand, the smooth satin finish is achieved by a superior attention to detail.

In addition, the unique FSB range provides ergonomic handles, using the four rules of good grip as the basis for its designs and structure.

Borja Marcaida adds,

“We enjoyed working with Allgood Sales Representative, Stewart Froome, throughout this project. His flexible approach meant that any challenges were swiftly addressed and that the ironmongery achieved the unique finish required.“

Simon Wilkes, Head of Business Space Development at Legal & General Property said,

“There was a clear vision for this historical site, and the collaboration between these companies has enabled the renovation of the Pathé Building to reach it’s true potential.”

“A stunning combination of contemporary and historical architecture, a building that complements London’s Soho and the culture within it has been created. Specifying Allgood’s bronze handles in the interior of the building has allowed synchronisation between interior and exterior.”

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