The Brunswick, Bloomsbury

  • Brunswick entrance

The Brunswick, formerly known as the Brunswick Centre, is a Grade II Listed, mixed use, low rise, high density urban development within a concrete and glass megastructure. Comprising retail units, cinema, social housing and car parking, the Brunswick is one of London’s iconic buildings from the 1960s and is a 2008 winner of The Civic Trust Awards.

The client’s aim was to achieve the architect’s original vision of a stylish residence and shopping area, 34 years after the original scheme’s completion.

BuroHappold was appointed to conduct a detailed on-site condition survey and desk top analysis in order to comprehensively record the concrete and rendered masonry defects and predict the number of repairs required. A diagnosis was prepared along with a detailed repair methodology and specification. On-site supervision of the appointed contractor was provided to ensure adequate quantity and quality control. This work determined the scope of the facade repair contractors’ work, thus reducing cost uncertainty for the client and mitigating unecessary facade repair work.

The structural works to the centre involved significant amounts of demolition with specialist demolition techniques employed. The existing reinforced concrete structure was modified and, wherever appropriate, concrete was crunched up to reduce noise.

BuroHappold novated to the contractor, ISG InteriorExterior, for the detailed design and site supervision phases of the works.

Key facts

  • Grade II listed
  • Detailed condition survey

The Project Details

Client: Allied London Properties

Architect: Levitt Bernstein Associate Limited

BuroHappold services: Structural engineering, facade engineering