Case Study: St James's Market

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A flagship project for The Crown Estate in Haymarket, London, that focused on designing around, and maintaining the original façade and building structure, whilst creating a sympathetic, yet modern uplift at the rear of the building, to create a world-standard in restaurants, retail and open-plan office spaces.


We installed our FC60E fire curtains within 1 St James’ Market and 2 St James’ Market. Our fire curtains were installed on the Mezzanine, ground floor and spreading up the Corian staircase to floor 7 within 1 St James’ Market and within the basement and ground floor in 2 St James’ Market.


We successfully installed all systems and fully completed the project in line with expected time frames.

We continue our relationship with Balfour Beatty.


With its position in London history reaching as far back as 1290, (when St James’ farm hosted a fair every July) St James Market has always had its roots in retail. The structures that make up St James’ Market comprises of two buildings, sitting behind the Grade II-listed façade, and aims to provide a £1.5bn regeneration uplift for the West End; while maintaining a sympathetic palette and construction methods to unite the old and new, for example by continuing the use of light Yorkstone and bronze detailing across both structures.

The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties Group, along with Make Architects and Balfour Beatty, have restored, re-established, and created ‘210,000 sq. ft of new, modern office accommodation, five flagship stores for best-in-class lifestyle and fashion brands, and seven new restaurants, all set within over half an acre of revitalised public space.’[3]

Occupiers of the lower retail and restaurant spaces include Christy’s Hats, Fortnum & Mason, Aquavit, and the Ritz London Restaurant, while in the office spaces higher up the building, the Crown Estate and the Carlyle Group reside, and observe out to the London Eye and beyond.


The two Grade II-listed facades present on the Regent Street building had to be sympathetically repaired and reconstructed to ensure the quality and character of the building was preserved, while ensuring appropriate levels of active fire protection, which added a significant layer of challenge to the project.[4]


UMi, ‘Aspinal of London to open flagship store in St James’s Market‘ 08.11.2021

[1] MAKE Architects, ‘St James’ Market’ 04.11.2021

[3] Survey of London: Volumes 29 and 30, ‘St. James’s Fair, St. James’s Market and Surrounding Streets‘, St James Westminster, Part 1, ed. F H W Sheppard (London, 1960), pp. 215-222. British History Online, 26.10.2021.

[4] The Crown Estate, ‘The Crown Estate chooses St James’ Market for new London HQ’ 26.10.2021

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