Faience Projects

Great Portland Street Underground Station

Client: Transport for London

Principal Contractor: KN Network

Package Value: £245K

Great Portland Street station is listed as a building of “National Significance” and was part of the world’s first underground railway line, the Metropolitan Railway; opening in 1863. The station is a steel frame structure clad in distinctive cream coloured faience tiles – a cladding material that has recently come firmly back into fashion. Szerelmey undertook a complete restoration, repair and cleaning of the façade which included the replacement of like-for-like faience tiles, repointing the façade and many in situ repairs. All the associated façade metalwork was cleaned, restored and repaired, and cold tar asphalt was applied to the projecting string courses, cornices and parapet.