Willmott Dixon understands the key issues involved in façade retention projects, which typically include:

  • Preserving the overall look of a building, particularly on Grade II listed structures, while new internal floor structures and layouts are constructed
  • Temporary works, often a significant element of the project. Our design team can advise on viability and likely cost
  • Knowledge of the existing building, its age, structural form, neighbouring properties, plus details of connections between the façade and the existing internal structure and foundations
  • Logistical issues, as façade retention projects are often in busy, city centre locations and can mean working in live environments.

Facade retention expertise

Willmott Dixon’s expertise and experience with façade retention includes:

  • Scaffolding
  • Proprietary retention, involving props, ties and bracing
  • Fabricated steelwork
  • Combinations of fabricated and proprietary retention systems.

Facade retention experience

Our project teams and supply chain have successfully completed many façade retention projects.

For the £12 million redevelopment of a Grade II listed building at 5-7 Giltspur Street in the City of London, which included a challenging façade retention, our project manager was shortlisted for the Construction Manager of the Year Award from the Chartered Institute of Building.

On the refurbishment of Harborough District Council’s Grade II listed offices in Leicestershire, a complex town centre project with façade retention, Willmott Dixon’s excellent logistics management secured a Bronze Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.