Regent’s Crescent – bespoke architectural hardware, Grade I listed luxury development
Regents Crescent: a bespoke bronze hardware project, requiring architectural ironmongery of the highest specification for a project of the highest calibre.
About the development: Regents Crescent
This prestigious development makes up one half of a semi-circle of the iconic Regent’s Crescent, a combination of prime residential apartments and offices overlooking Regent’s Park.
Both buildings either side of the Crescent were designed by the world-renowned architect John Nash in the 1800’s – One half remains original with the other half poorly re-constructed in the 1960’s after sustaining extensive damage during World War Two.
It was due to this poor re-construction that resulted in the development obtaining approval to be demolished and meticulously re-built, converting the previously occupied office space into 67 prime-residential apartments, 9 garden villas, amenity areas and a spa.
The project is also the only new build within the UK to be granted Grade I listed status.
Our approach: meeting functional and design requirements through exceptional hardware
This meticulous approach remained consistent throughout and we were tasked to produce a range of bespoke ironmongery in a ‘client’s choice’ Bronze finish to complement the flourishes and accents from the Regency period within the contemporary designed apartments. The particular finish used was a living Burnished Bronze which met the brief given by the client that it would develop a patina through use, over a period of time.
Key features: Concealed hinges, magnetic locks and bespoke door furniture
Aesthetics were key to the success of the project and therefore concealed hinges were specified throughout. Over 3,500 hinges were supplied in total with a combination of four differing hinge types to suit the varying door type intricacies and fire ratings.
To further support the minimalistic design intent for the functional ironmongery, magnetic locks were specified to the apartment entrance doors and all internal doors. Silent in operation, these also remove the need for a conventional projecting strike plate installed to the frame.
Magnetic locks by nature are ‘lightly sprung’ and with the handle weighing over a kilo per set, it needed careful consideration to produce a custom spring cassette to self-support the handle and avoid any ‘drooping’ when in operation.
The lever furniture was bespoke, likewise the pull handles which were manufactured to match the lever design but also produced at varying lengths to perfectly align with the vision panels of the doors within the communal areas.
Close communication with all involved
This project required close co-ordination with the main contractor, sub-contractor’s and door manufacturer’s. A testament to this is the successful security test of the apartment entrance door which achieved PAS24 status in which our ironmongery withstood and passed the attack tests outlined within this standard.