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MFS, a 90-year-old global asset manager with investment offices across the world, needed a solution in the UK that coupled contemporary style with environmentally sustainable materials. Structure Tone was approached as their go-to construction partner.
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Twenty St. James’s Street

The complex refurbishment of the commercial office building at 20 St. James’s Street is now complete, creating a high-quality, modern and sophisticated West End office building.

As part of their mission to revitalise properties across Central London, Grafton Advisors, as property adviser to the largest Central London fund, WELPUT, enlisted the help of Structure Tone to upgrade and reposition Twenty St. James’s Street. Over the course of 18 months, Structure Tone worked collaboratively with ORMS, WPP, HTS and the supply chain to deliver 10 floors of top quality office space and a striking reception area with signature artwork. This artwork includes an 18m brass veil, manufactured by a specialist contractor and forming the centrepiece to the development.

 

The project involved a transformative structural refurbishment. The existing cores have been removed from the centre of the building, which allows the new design to maximise lettable floor space by consolidating the cores to a single core at the rear of the floor plate and infilling the existing atrium.

External view of the new repositioned Twenty St. James's Street

 

Other upgrades to the building include installing three new lifts, restoring the existing façade to also include new double height street-level glazing and adding a skylight to the lower ground floor.  A new lavish reception better fits contemporary clients’ expectations, as do premium amenities and facilities on each of the 10 floors, and bicycle/showering facilities in the basement.

 

Throughout the project, Structure Tone was careful to protect the adjacent landmark Mayfair cigar shop so that business remained unaffected by the works. At the topping out in May 2017, our guest of honour was the Mayor of Westminster.

The owner of Twenty St. James’s Street is The Ryder Street Unit Trust. The project team included Grafton AdvisorsCity South ProjectsWatkins PayneMPG ShreevesOrms and Hayne Tillett Steel.

Client

Ryder Street Unit Trust

Location

20 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1ES

SF

54,925

Architect

Orms

Dates

December 2016 – June 2018

Sector

Developer

Services

‘Cut & Carve’ fit out to CAT A with external restoration

Project Manager

City South Projects

Engineer

Watkins Payne / Heyne Tillet Steel

Quantity Surveyor

MPG Shreeves

54925

SQUARE FEET

75

NO. OF WEEKS

It was a pleasure working with Structure Tone to deliver a project which gives me a great deal of pride. Twenty St James’s Street is a beautiful building, but one which has needed a major refurbishment to re-establish its credentials as a key asset within our portfolio.
We selected Structure Tone on the basis of their professionalism, can-do approach and their clear understanding of our business requirements. We had a challenging site, with restricted logistics and a famous Mayfair cigar shop within the site boundary that remained operational at all times. The two-stage approach demonstrated full transparency and shared goals, it also ensured we as a client had full access to tier 1 subcontractors for all works packages. Novation of our design team was seamless, and the whole team worked effectively to resolve complex design issues such as the installation of a signature brass veil in our VIP entrance. Other features of the project included façade restoration, a new core and lift installation, new roof dormer construction and a full Cat A fit out.
In the run-up to completion we incorporated some changes to facilitate our letting strategy, and also hosted a major launch event for our investors and agents. Structure Tone’s team were non-confrontational, non-contractual and paid close attention to the customer experience, this ensured that any changes made to the scheme were incorporated with minimum effect.

- Christopher Cope, Founding Partner at Grafton Advisors LLP

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