Designed by Eric Parry Architects, 8 St James’ Square is a completed development which replaced an over-scaled interwar office building with a building which provides 65,500 square feet of office space, incorporating a new basement structure beneath the adjoining building.
Responding to the surrounding urban context, 8 St James’s Square is a carefully crafted ensemble of parts on London’s grandest of Georgian squares. The facade of the front elevation is a modern interpretation of the Georgian style and sits naturally alongside 7 St James’s Square, a fine Listed townhouse designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The design of the rest of the building provides differing elevations along Duke of York Street and Apple Tree Yard, creating a new enclosed private courtyard to the adjoining 7 St James’s Square.
The history of the site has played its part in the aspiration to create a building for the future whilst maintaining continuities with the past. The entrance to 8 St James’s Square leads into a reception space which spans the full width of the elevation looking out to the historical square. The use of a rich palette of materials evokes the traditional clubs of this area of St James’s and is used consistently throughout the reception and the building.
Shadbolt were asked to collaborate on the project, manufacturing and supplying bespoke FSC certified American black walnut veneered FD30 and FD60 glazed fire doors and solid hardwood American black walnut framesets. In addition, burr American black walnut veneered panels and doors were also supplied.