Curve appeal at St. James’s Market: new stone architectural solutions to urban redevelopment
Make is an award-winning international architectural practice with a reputation for challenging convention and pursuing design excellence. They will present a case study on the façade for St. James’s Market - part of The Crown Estate’s core West End holdings and an architectural masterpiece in the centre of London. Commissioned to redevelop two key blocks as part of a major ten-year investment program to revitalise the St. James’s area, Make Architects overcame a number of technical challenges to deliver a project that both resonates with its historic identity and provides a dynamic new entity through the innovative use of curved stone panels.
Albion Stone supplied over 4,000m2 of Fancy Beach Whitbed for the stone-on-precast panels starting with a course finish at the bottom working up to a fine finish at the higher levels. Grove Whitbed was used for the plinths similar to the stock exchange at Paternoster Square. The second block, adjacent to Haymarket, is open jointed. It involves a curved Portland Stone and glass wall wrapped around the building using 169m3 of Albion Stone’s Jordan Whitbed on a unitized façade with horizontal aluminium fins.