Newton Forge was employed at the end of 2012 as the architectural metalwork specialist. We worked on the major restoration and refurbishment project at Café Royal, Regents Street, London.
Mace Group lead as Project Managers for the overall package with Newton Forge working as a Trade contractor directly for the hotel owners. We restored all the internal historical metalwork items throughout the ‘front end’ areas of the hotel. Working closely with the project’s heritage architect’s, Donald Insall Associates, we ensured that all original items were brought back to their former glory.
One of the main features of this impressive building is the main staircase that winds its way through the seven floors of the building. Wrought iron restoration was necessary on several sections of the staircase and missing decorative elements were replaced with like-for-like cast brass pieces. We also had to make a complete section of wrought iron balustrade with cast brass handrails for the seventh floor, all having to seamlessly blend in with the original run.
The copper clad main entrance doors onto Regents Street were removed and transported back to our workshops for repair work. Missing sections of detail were replaced with copper components before all doors were patinated to the Regents Street BMA finish. One of the feature pieces we worked on was the Derby Balustrade, an extremely decorative wrought iron and cast iron balustrade on the balcony arrangement that greets all hotel visitors as they enter the building. This was stripped back to the bare iron by chemical dipping prior to missing decorations being hand forged and fitted. A bespoke cast bronze crown was copied from historical photographs and mounted at the re-fitting stage.
This project is one of our largest heritage ironwork restoration projects and saw us restoring/replacing items such as: