The project, undertaken with the help of English Heritage and Westminster City Council, centred upon the restoration of the store’s well-known early 20th century Portland stone facade.
Time had comprehensively ravaged the listed facade with smog and pollution. Lees Associates addressed corrosion problems with the underlying structure using and updated early 19th century technology, the application of cathodic protection (CP). The priority throughout the project was to remain true to the spirit of the structure’s original design and materials.
During the works, the facade was enveloped in the world’s largest photo, by artist Sam Taylor-Wood.