Selfridges External Stone
Principal Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Package Value: £1.5M
Szerelmey have recently delivered an interesting package of works at Selfridges flagship store on Oxford Street. The works included internal terrazzo flooring and marble wall cladding to the new shop floor areas. External works included the design, supply and installation of a “stone carpet” outside the new entrance on Duke Street. The stone entrance featured a complicated geometric pattern comprised of bands of Azul Monica limestone and black granite contrasting with Portuguese moleanos limestone with a black granite perimeter. There is a large variation in levels between the store doorway and the pavement, the team solved this problem by working to a 3D model of the paving and introducing shaped paving pieces in strategic positions to avoid diagonal cuts. The package also involved the design, supply and installation of a large carved bench and drinking fountain in Verde Luana marble from Italy. One of the challenges was to find a block of marble that displayed enough colour but was also large enough to accommodate the very large dimensions of the bench. The bench’s profile was achieved through CNC cutting technology to achieve the organic shape, the surface was shaped by a hand held smoothing machine and finished off with a hand held bush hammering tool to achieve the required surface texture.