5-7 St Helen’s Place

This is the new home to London’s historic Leathersellers’ Company, which was founded by charter in 1444. The existing building at St Helen’s Place was constructed in 1920, and its Portland Stone façade was reconstructed in the 1940s following damage sustained during WWII.

RBG provided full structural and civil engineering services for demolition of the existing structure, retention of the existing façade, and construction of the new facility. The key design considerations were the three-storey basement, which contains a double-height space for the Leathersellers’ Livery Company and was excavated immediately adjacent to a Grade 1 listed, 800-year-old church – necessitating complex temporary works. The façade required an extensive retention system that provided horizontal and vertical support during demolition of the existing building behind it, and construction of the replacement structure.

The vertical support aspect was particularly challenging, as the new basement was built beneath the retained façade. Our solution was to suspend the façade on needle beams and plunge columns until the permanent basement structure had been constructed.

Year Completed:
Building Metrics:
5,700 m2
£32m construction cost
The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

Eric Parry Architects
Multiplex Construction Europe
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural, Civil and
Construction Engineering

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Robert Bird Group provide outstanding innovative and buildable structural design solutions in all sectors across the globe.


Robert Bird Group’s Civil Engineers provide engineering design services from concept and planning through detailed design on to construction and maintenance, with the potential for ongoing management and advice for the operating life of a project.


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We are fortunate that many fine buildings have been preserved in our cities, whether of architectural merit or of particular cultural significance, including former industrial uses.

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