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The Athenaeum, London


The Athenæum is a private gentleman’s club founded by James Wilson Croker as a place of rendezvous for literary men and artists. As a historic landmark, we were appointed for our in-house restoration skillset to sympathetically maintain the fabric of the building for generations to come.

The Brief

The building was designed by Decimus Burton in 1830. As an elegant, stuccoed building of Grecian beauty, a generous Doric porch leads to a spacious hall and grand staircase. On the first floor, the Drawing Room is considered to be the finest of all the London clubs. Today, it also boasts the largest number of Nobel Prize winners among its members.

We were commissioned to prepare proposals for the repair and maintenance of the exterior of the building as well as sensitive internal alterations including member’s rooms on the upper floors.

Our Solution

The works were completed with meeting the Crown Estate and Club requirements. Careful consideration towards the internal decorative features and the existing structure were successfully planned and coordinated to ensure modern services did not conflict with the listing, but greatly improved upon the clubs internal day to day operation.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)