Project Type: Basement Function Room

Contract Administrator: Matthews & Goodman LLP

Site Manager: Chris Pickett

Client: The Professional Footballer’s Association

Location: 7-8 Philpot Lane, London EC3M

Project Duration: 10 weeks

Following the successful completion of the main building restoration and refurbishment works at 7-8 Philpot Lane, Godfrey Martin were awarded the refurbishment of the basement areas.

We have been informed that the basement was possibly one of the oldest buildings 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 historic interest.

Before the project started the basement was an unused, drab and damp area of the building. With great design, foresight and skilled craftsmen 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 site as there was only one narrow staircase into the basement so our site manager had to be very 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.

The works were completed to a very high standard and this project has been recommended by the City of London for a City Heritage Award and shortlisted as a finalist for the London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019 in two categories: ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’ and ‘Best Small Commercial Project’