Restoration Projects

Furnival House

Client: Private Client

Principal Contractor: Ellmer

Architect: Moxley

Package Value: £400K

Furnival House is a Grade II* listed property in Highgate which was built in 1916 to provide accommodation for the female staff at Prudential Assurance. The grand, free standing property has been converted into 15 residential apartments with the addition of a penthouse and two basement levels, with planning achieved through close collaboration with Conservation Officers and English Heritage.The Szerelmey Restoration team were contracted to carry out a full repair and restoration package to the external facades of the substantial building. First the envelope was thoroughly cleaned using water and JOS methods, which allowed for close examination of the building’s fabric and a full survey of defects in the brickwork and terracotta. Unfortunately the building had been subjected to poor cleaning methods historically which had also impacted on the facades. Once the survey had been undertaken and all defects marked up on detailed drawings, the team was able to carry out full repairs to the brickwork and terracotta. This included both in situ repairs and replacements with like-for-like, matching replacement bricks and terracotta to the existing. Extensive repointing was also carried out using lime mortar.