US Embassy London
Natural Stone cladding and paving
A $15 million Perimeter Security Project, paid for by the US Government, has recently been completed at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London. The project, primarily to upgrade security, includes new landscaping, a larger pedestrian area, and the opening of two new visitor-access pavilions.
Security has been a major concern around the building but the black painted concrete bollards and chain link fencing erected to secure the Embassy did nothing to enhance the appearance of the area!
Therefore a scheme was devised to achieve the required level of security whilst at the same time producing a more aesthetically pleasing result. Reinforced concrete planters were erected which not only provided an effective barrier, but also encompassed seating and lighting areas for the general public visiting the Embassy.
Broadmead were awarded the contract to help with the design of the cladding of these planters, and then to procure and carry out the on site installation of the natural stone.
Chinese Granite was chosen for the planter cladding, with a mixture of honed and flame textured finishes being used to create the architectural features and lighting recesses.
Under the contract the visitor pavilions had a requirement for Cumbrian slate flooring along with both internal and external skirtings, all of which Broadmead supplied and installed.
The final phase of Broadmead's work consisted of paving around the statue of General Eisenhower. This was to be carried out using a mixture of new stone and stone paving and features saved from the previous layout. The original stars and paving had to be repaired, re polished and have new pieces made, jigsaw style, at Broadmead's works, before being returned to site for installation.