Arding & Hobbs

Arding & Hobbs

Proteus HR
Stiff and Trevillion

The transformation of the Grade-II listed Arding & Hobbs building, originally rebuilt in 1910 in Edwardian Baroque style by architect James Gibson, reflects a careful balance of historical preservation and modern innovation. Once the old Debenhams department store, this iconic building has been redeveloped into a 90,000 sq ft mixed-use space featuring Grade A offices, an expansive roof terrace, and a curated mix of ground-floor retail.

Architects Stiff and Trevillion selected Proteus HR panels in TECU® Brass and Bronze for the roof terrace. These materials were chosen for their durability, minimal maintenance, and the elegant patina they develop over time. The bronze and brass panels blend seamlessly with the surrounding architecture, maintaining a cohesive style with the stone walls and enhancing the building’s aesthetic appeal.

The project incorporated a crown-like brass-clad rooftop extension with a distinctive profile echoing the main elevation. This new structure features a pleated facade that adds depth and dimension, breaking up the mass of the rooftop and creating an intriguing visual effect when viewed from different angles. The complex installation process involved crafting 11 different components, including bespoke panel faces tailored to fit the specific curvature of the roof structure.

Given the central London location, careful planning and coordination were crucial. Deliveries were meticulously scheduled to fit together on-site, ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding area. Each panel was individually manufactured and grouped to ensure flawless on-site assembly. The collaborative efforts between Proteus and installers OAG Ltd ensured timely delivery and precise installation, overcoming the logistical challenges of working in a busy city centre.

The project was completed on time, within budget, and to the client’s utmost satisfaction. It met the highest standards of safety, functionality, and aesthetics. This thoughtful refurbishment not only preserved the building’s historical elements but also reimagined it into state-of-the-art offices, creating a dynamic workspace that respects its rich history while embracing contemporary functionality.

The revival of Arding & Hobbs breathes new life into this historic building, enhancing its natural features without compromising the original architecture. By carefully preserving and highlighting its historical elements, the building has been transformed into a modern workspace that blends heritage with contemporary design. This project exemplifies the successful integration of traditional craftsmanship with innovative engineering, setting a benchmark for future refurbishments of historical buildings.