30 St James’s Square, London

30 St James Square is the redevelopment of 2 existing buildings on a historic site, which includes the adaptive reuse and extension of existing facades to create upgraded office and retail programme and a small terrace.
Some of the historic stone elevations were carefully dismantled and incorporated into remodelled elevations which introduced a new floor and reworked other carefully considered interventions. Eric Parry were architects for the project, who employed FMDC as sub-consultants, with this being one of the earlier collaborations between practices, which has since grown to involvement in many other buildings.  The redevelopment includes refurbished bronze windows and a new entrance, to create an elegant new street frontage.  Opening windows allow a mixed-mode ventilation strategy, which accompanies a general performance upgrade to the elevations, that has delivered a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the project. FMDC project involvement included writing the performance specification and post-contract engagement, including site inspections. The redevelopment was shortlisted for a BCO award in 2023, and a Civic Trust award in 2022.  Completed building photographs by Dirk Lindner