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Rejuvenating Minerva House

There are many older buildings around the UK that just need a creative eye, some time and attention to transform them into a beautiful modern space.

Hatton Garden is a well-known commercial area in the Holborn district of London, famous throughout the years for its associations with luxury products and diamonds. Minerva House has an attractive façade, but required extensive modernisation to the structure of the building to bring it up to the modern standards of today.

Developer GPF Lewis Ltd completed the project in 2018 following 50 weeks work with a £5.1m budget. The redevelopment of this landlocked site involved the demolition of the rear part of the building, adding a steel frame extension to the rear to connect to existing floor levels. The project also included general refurbishment of the existing building and a high-end commercial fit-out throughout the interior space.

We supplied circa 400m² of our 17mm X-Clad for use both externally and internally, installed by BR Hodgson. Externally, the system was finished with glazed white stretcher and header slips and corners. These slips were fitted in a Flemish bond pattern to match the style of the existing building. For the interior, Islington Yellow Rustica stretcher and header slips were selected from our Classic Range. These were set out in an adapted English bond style and finished with our specialist Europoint mortar in light grey.

The whole accommodation now lives up to the building’s attractive façade, providing a modern and stylish commercial space.