Set in a one acre plot in Chelsea, Stanley House is a Grade II listed 18th century property which was once the London home of Richard William Hamilton, antiquarian, diplomat, and Lord Elgin’s private secretary. The house includes a castof the Elgin Marbles, replicated by Hamilton, and used as a frieze around the main ballroom ceiling.
LTS’ dedicated teams carried out a total refurbishment of the building and a fit-out of the new west wing incorporating a swimming pool hall, gym, and remote-controlled Luminaire lighting system.
Due to the building’s history, there were specific constraints working with the existing fabric of the property, as well asthe introduction of new materials which were chosen by Timothy Hatton Architects and Nicky Haslam Design.
As a listed building, LTS had to incorporate a very modern mechanical and electrical system which involved specialised co-ordination of works. The main challenge was the Elgin Marble frieze and the listed panelling which had moved over the years. The client wanted to replace this, but while working with English Heritage, it became clear that removing the panelling would not be allowed and so the panelling had to be taken apart and refurbished throughout. Installing new air conditioning units and heating could have created further movement in the timbers, so work had to be done carefully and a solutiondevised to overcome this potential problem.
English Heritage was brought on board at the start of the project and worked with LTS until it signed off the finished result. LTS received excellent feedback on the way it treated the building and the sympathetic way the existing finishes were handled.
LTS also liaised with English Heritage to gain approval for the grounds. These were landscaped with hard and soft landscaping including a fountain, lily pond, stone terraces with stone balustrades, mature tree planting, lighting and security.