Cecil Court is a pedestrianised, late-Victorian thoroughfare linking Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane in central London. A charming pocket of the capital, it is said to have inspired Diagon Alley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.
In a series of related projects, Brooks Murray were appointed to help preserve the historic street frontages, refurbish one of the shops, no.23, and bring new residential use to the upper floors of the listed Salisbury Pub.
The landowner takes a long-term perspective to its stewardship of the area, and wanted to preserve and maintain the heritage fabric of shop frontages which have remained unaltered for more than a century.
Part of our work to the property involved adapting an existing staircase to the basement of the shop, and refurbishing the premises to contemporary standards.
The upper floors of the listed Salisbury Pub, next door, were inaccessible without passing through the pub downstairs. Brooks Murray were asked to restore the building fabric to its original quality and bring contemporary residential use to these upper floors.
To do so, we thread new services, for example toilets, through the existing fabric as it was restored, and designed a staircase to give access upstairs whilst the pub was operating below.