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Royal Exchange, City of London

The lower floors of the Royal Exchange were redeveloped to provide retail units and bars/cafes at mezzanine level around the existing courtyard.

The Royal Exchange is a Grade I listed building which required Mecserve to design and locate the building services within the restrictions and sensitive nature of the project.

The ground floor, including the courtyard atrium, incorporated thirteen retail units varying in size from approximately 365 ft² to 1,130 ft². The separate mezzanine level had a total gross area of some 7,535 ft² and comprised another 4 retail units, a bar and/or other restaurant facilities.

Mecserve was appointed to provide the base infrastructure and landlord’s base services. Low grade hot water and chilled water was provided by two number-independent heat pumps, complete with heat recovery systems. A vacuum drainage system was also used due to the constraints of the building layout and service core location.

Specialist feature lighting was provided to the courtyard area. An intelligent analogue addressable fire alarm system was provided to achieve L1 coverage throughout the premises with interface connections being provided for the future tenant's ‘fit out’.

Client: London and Paris Estates

Architect: Fitzroy Robinson Partnership

Structural Engineer: Campbell Reith Hill

Main Contractor: Interior plc

Services provided by Mecserve: Building services engineering and an overseeing role for the client

Project Imagery: © Fitzroy Robinson/Peter Cook