Project Profile

Project Profile for October - Bon Marché,

This months project profile features Bon Marché, an iconic building in Brixton.  Brixton. It has undergone an exterior refurbishment by one of our clients HBS Ltd. For more details on HBS see their website



HBS the Romford based new build and refurbishment specialists have recently completed the exterior refurbishment of Bon Marché, the iconic landmark in Brixton.
Whilst the property in Ferndale Road SW9 may not stand out now amongst the plethora of shops and railway bridge, this is an iconic building in UK construction. Not only was it the first purpose built department store, being completed in 1877, but is also accepted as the UK’s first Steel Framed building.
HBS were contracted to perform a test clean of the Stucco render before advising on the most suitable technique to use on the 135 year old exterior. Hammer Testing of hollow areas was carried out and all necessary repairs were made. The exterior metalwork and architectural features were sanded and grinded to remove years of grime and rust and lovingly restored.
The building has been bought back to life and again sits proudly in the centre of the Brixton community. The work was completed on time and on budget. The whole process was overseen by HBS Project Manager Bill Bridge who assembled the specialist team to tackle the contract.
HBS have also been accredited installers of the 3M Liquid Roofing System for 5 years. This specialist process was used on the Bon Marché building as not only is it quicker to apply than most traditional systems but also does not require any naked flames.
Andrew Pratt, Director, of HBS stated “ We are delighted to add this iconic building to our portfolio of refurbishment projects. Having recently completed Greater London House and a Crown Estates property in the West End our teams are very experienced in tackling these very sensitive heritage contracts”



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