After completing the main building restoration and refurbishment works at 7-8 Philpot Lane, Godfrey Martin was awarded the refurbishment of the basement areas.

7-8 Philpot Lane is a Grade II listed building located in a prime and prominent position on the west side of Philpot Lane, near the junctions of Fenchurch Street and Eastcheap and directly opposite the internationally renowned Rafael Viñoly designed 20 Fenchurch Street. We have been informed that the basement of 7-8 Philpot Lane was possibly one of the oldest surviving The Great Fire of London, which destroyed most of the City of London back in 1666. Philpot Lane is just a stone’s throw away from where the fire started in Pudding Lane. This part of the building, in particular, retains great historic features and is a Grade II listed building with special architectural and historical interest.

Before the project started, the basement was an unused, drab and damp area of the building. With great design, foresight and skilled artisans, the team turned this dreary basement into a very funky function room area, mixing great design with the historic fabric of the building.

The works consisted of structural repairs, damp proofing, mechanical and electrical installations, new stone floor, decorations and joinery installations. All the joinery items had to be made offsite in kit form due to the access issues and then reassembled on site.

This project was challenging due to the logistics and programming ensuring each trade completed their works on time so the next trade could follow on as there was only one area to work in at any one time. The other challenge for this project was the access issue of getting materials onto the site, as there was only one narrow staircase into the basement. Hence, our site manager had to be mindful of health and safety and programme implications.

We have had reports back that the client is extremely pleased with the outcome of the basement works, which now provides a very cool and private area for hosting functions.

For more information, please visit the project page: https://godfreymartin.co.uk/project/7-8-philpot-lane-basement-works/.