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Successful development through collaboration

We’re always thrilled to receive positive feedback from our clients, especially when the project in question is a particularly complex and challenging one like Regent’s Crescent. This residential development consists of 67 Grade I listed modern luxury apartments and nine garden villas behind a sweeping façade in London’s prestigious Marylebone area.

Midgard appointed Stark Works to install multiple new gas supplies in the building. The level of gas required also meant installing a large new gas main in front of Harley Street – a task that proved no mean feat. It involved negotiations with the residents and clinics in the area to ensure minimum disruption to their lives and businesses.

On all developments, the timely co-ordination of the utilities is critical to the delivery of the project. Regent’s Crescent has been a particularly complex and challenging project and Sam’s (Stark Works Operations Manager) professional, proactive, commitment to this scheme has had a massive impact.

John PlattSenior Planner, Midgard

The Stark Works team were involved from the outset in the design of the new gas infrastructure. Keeping the new components discreet was important, and we designed a bespoke gas pipe to run up the exterior wall that blended into the external façade, pleasing both the residents and architects.

Historical gem discovered

Another innovative solution was to install a new centralised energy centre for all the gas systems in the basement of the building, a decision that will save the existing and future customers money. During this part of the work, we came across an interesting historical discovery below our feet – a huge underground icehouse dating back to the 1780s!

The icehouse was unearthed by archaeologists working on the Regent’s Crescent development in 2018. Thought to be one of the largest of its kind, it has since been designated a monument by Historic England. Amazingly, the box and its entrance passage survived the Blitz despite the destruction of the houses directly above and remains in excellent condition. It’s certainly a hidden historical gem, open to the public at specific times of the year via its viewing corridor.

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