60 Year Anniversary

A look back at Facade retention projects

6 November 2020

CampbellReith is celebrating its 60 years’ anniversary  – take a look back at our facade retention projects

CampbellReith is well known in the construction industry for our expertise on projects where the existing facade is retained and incorporated into a new building. We were part of the steering group which produced the industry publication, “CIRIA 579, Facade Retention Guide”.  In our 60th year this is a look back through the decades at some of these projects.


New Broad Street
At the time Broad Street was the largest facade retention completed in Europe in the mid 1980s. Facades from four separate buildings were retained and incorporated into a new office building for our client, Norwich Union.


1 Princes Street
Princes Street was the former headquarters of National Westminster Bank (our client). Located right on the Bank interchange, the building behind the retained facades was demolished in the mid 1990s. The project had the added complication of the Central, Northern and DLR underground tunnels running in close proximity.


One Vine Street
A large mixed use scheme for The Crown Estate completed in the late 2000s. The building had retained facades on three elevations making site works challenging. A further complication was the requirement to retain the mansards on the Regent Street elevation as this is a key part of the view looking south from Oxford Circus.


28 Chancery Lane
This fabulous project is the building known as, “Lonsdale Chambers” which dated from 1876. The facade was restored and incorporated into a new office building for our client Viridis. The small retail units that prevail in this area were restored bringing vibrancy back to the area.

Making London a great city with striking facades!
All of these schemes retain the heritage and history that make London a great city. They are a pleasure to work on as the added complexity makes for an interesting project.
Perhaps we can celebrate our 60th year with a new facade retention project?