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33 Bury Street, St James's, London

Located above a retail parade of clockmakers, art galleries and picture-framers, this project delivers prime residential apartments in a listed building in the heart of St James’s.

33 Bury Street dates back to the 1920s when it was built as rooms for the gentlemen of London to use when leaving their St James’s club late of an evening.

The Crown Estate saw an opportunity to bring the building back to a residential use but with significant enhancements to the quality of space available. 33 Bury Street has now been redeveloped as six individual one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The stair core once housed a cage lift powered by London’s long redundant mains hydraulic water system which also powered Tower Bridge. A new traction lift has been installed within the same constrained shaft.

The apartments themselves incorporate comfort cooling, underfloor heating, intelligent lighting controls and sophisticated control systems to optimise energy efficiency and comfort all within the constraints of a heritage building.

Mecserve designed the building services and monitored the installation on behalf of The Crown Estate. Given the building is Grade II listed there were a number of challenges to be faced during the design and installation of the services, which the team overcame successfully.

Mecserve also provided energy and sustainability advice and carried out the BREEAM assessment, achieving Excellent rating for all Grade II listed apartments.

Shortlisted for BREEAM Awards 2019

Contract Value: £5m

Client: The Crown Estate

Architect: Morrow + Lorraine

Project Manager: Walton Wagner

Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald

Structural Engineer: Price & Myers

Services provided by Mecserve: Building services engineering, energy analysis & simulation, sustainability benchmarking, vertical transportation and an overseeing role for the client