Berners Wells Building

Berners and Wells is a medium-rise office building in Fitzrovia, designed by Emrys Architects, who introduced FMDC to the project, following our previous successful collaboration on 30 Broadwick Street.
The intricately detailed elevations are clad in brick, hand-set stone and glazed faience, framing punched window openings.

FMDC were appointed by Project Managers Blackburn & Co, from early design RIBA Stage 2, through to completion on site, in a CMT capacity.

McLaren were Main Contractors for project delivery. Putney & Wood were stone and faience sub-contractors, with FMDC geologists involved in natural stone selection (Portuguese Granite plinths and Grove Whitbed cladding).

A key design feature was the incorporation of glazed brick in a checker-board pattern, to Wells Mews which bounces light into floorplates and around the drum.  Hand-set traditionally constructed stone arches were incorporated at low-level into the main Berners Street elevation.


The faience portion of the cladding was 100% dry laid in Darwen’s terracotta factory.  The scheme also included an element of ‘cut and carve’ scope, with the addition of an additional floor of brick façade to the Wells Street elevation.

Photographs Alan Williams Photography