In a remarkable collaboration with The Ardmore Group, EPR Architects, and Elliot Wood engineers, Evans by Shay Murtagh has breathed new life into the iconic Old War Office in London. The building has been transformed into a Raffles Hotel, a cultural destination complete with Raffles-branded residences, restaurants, bars, and an immersive spa.
A Glimpse into the Past
The Old War Office building, originally built between 1901 and 1906 in the Edwardian Baroque style, has been a symbol of Britain’s military heritage. It served as the British Army’s headquarters during both World Wars. Learn more about the history of the Old War Office here.
The Role of Precast Elements
Evans by Shay Murtagh was responsible for designing, manufacturing, and installing 1070 precast concrete elements for the triangle courtyard façade. The team meticulously replicated the original Edwardian Baroque style, ensuring a harmonious blend of history and modernity. Read our case study for an in-depth look at the project.
Challenges and Innovations
Bruno Ribeiro, design manager of Evans by Shay Murtagh, highlights the project’s innovative approach. The team developed a fully detailed BIM model that enabled seamless coordination with other trades. The model was accessible on various platforms, enhancing communication and improving on-site health and safety.
A Testament to Collaboration
This project is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation. It not only honours the historical significance of the Old War Office Building but also revitalises it as a symbol of architectural excellence and contemporary functionality.
For more in-depth details about this transformative project, download the article from Concrete here.