Originally built in 1889, the Audley has experienced first-hand London’s long history. Once a central community pub popular amongst celebrity clientele, the building suffered significant damage due to bombing during the second world war and the IRA in 1975 which removed many of the original features. In 2019 Grosvenor purchased the building to restore and give it a new lease of life as a hotel.
We were tasked with bringing this building up to modern standards whilst being sensitive to the original fabric of the building, conserving and restoring materials where possible.
MNP undertook an entire building appraisal of the existing structure, including steel beams and cast iron frames. Works also included a roof replacement, ensuring the use of the historical slate, creation of a loft plant area and design of the lift shaft and pit. There were also complicated basement works which included an assessment of the existing foundations, digging out and underpinning the entire basement to allow for a higher head height.
We also designed an over 6m turret that replicated the original turret design discovered in an old photo by Moxley. This was a highly detailed design but has restored the roof of the building back to its original state.
Refurbishment and restoration were at the heart of this project. We worked closely with Hutton + Rostron to undertake repairs of the timber elements to preserve them where possible.
Along with the expert replication and restoration of the stunning terracotta façade by Darwen Terracotta, the end result is a beautifully finished, fully restored element of London’s history, revived with new use to suit generations to come.
A complex refurbishment on the site of the former Winchester Cathedral
Refurbishment of a Grade 1 listed hotel
Extension to a luxurious 5* hotel near Covent Garden
Conversion of a Grade II listed former town hall into a boutique hotel and new offices