When two established buildings situated on the world-famous Harley Street, London, needed restoring, Granite, Marble and Limestone stepped in to provide a seamless solution.

When two prestigious Harley Street addresses were in need of extensive restorative work, Granite, Marble and Limestone Ltd (GML) was delighted to offer its expertise and skills to the projects.

The historically-significant buildings have housed medical consulting rooms inhabited by health professionals for many years.

Firstly, 41 Harley Street required a major internal flooring refurbishment which involved the installation of Carrara and Bardiglio marbles which were precision cut to make creative use of pattern and colour contrasts. Carrara marble was chosen for its striking colouring of white with grey veining to partner the darker coloured Bardiglio. The contrasting tones of these two marbles were used to create the main flooring. The Bardiglio was used to demark the edges of the room with a clear border and a classical symmetrical pattern was laid using the Bardiglio and the Carrara marbles across the main flooring. The pattern and colours were selected to essentially provide visual cues to enable visually impaired users to identify specific areas with ease.

To facilitate external disabled access, GML created a ramp outside the formal entrance and internal ramps were also created ensuring slip-resistant values which were achieved by offering a different textured stone finish. These now provide physically disabled users easy access to and mobility within the property, again using a pattern which clearly demarks the perimeters of the ramps for easy visual identification.

61 Harley Street provided a different challenge for the GML team of experts as this project involved installing new marble flooring on multiple levels which included

the reception area, entrance hallway, corridors in the basement and lift car floor.

For the main entrance, specially-sized Crema Marfil and Marron Imperial marble were used to produce tiles set in a diagonal pattern main field and double border. The warm tones of these two marbles are well suited to the period of the building, forming a pattern that is formal yet timeless, maintaining its historic character.

External refurbishment of the building was also required at this property and GML carved Portland stone (predominantly selected for its durability and period charm) to replace the existing weathered stone of the parapet at the entrance to the building.

Both period properties presented complex challenges and GML was tasked to provide high specification, symmetrically perfect designs to fit around the undulating and irregular structural features. Using traditional stones to create synergy between the project requirements and the period of the buildings, GML ensured every stone was precisely cut and laid to perfection by their in-house team of highly skilled masons. Practical design solutions were required every step of the way to ensure that the aesthetic the practical elements of both briefs were fully met to provide practical solutions to make the lives of patients easier- a long-lasting testimony to GML’s award-winning work and craftsmanship.

GML is delighted to add these two historically-important and prestigious buildings to its portfolio, bringing its own brand of magical medicine to Harley Street. Just what the doctor ordered!

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