Royal Star and Garter

The stunning Royal Star and Garter has a colourful past, with links to royalty and major events in British history. Waterman were appointed to act as the structural and civil engineers for this major development.

Project Details
  • Client

    London Square – Richmond Hill Developments (Jersey) Ltd

  • Architect

    Paul Davis & Partners

Waterman were appointed to act as the structural engineers for the development of the Royal Star and Garter Home on Richmond Hill.

The Royal Star and Garter site was built in 1919-1924 to designs by Edwin Cooper, who replaced Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as architect for a home and hospital for young men with severe disabilities during the First World War.

The building has evident ‘architectural’ and ‘artistic’ interests that are focused on the exterior of the building and internally within the main King and Queen rooms, and lobby areas. The building is closely linked with major events in British history and was listed in 1990 marking its high contribution to the Richmond Hill Conservation Area.

The sympathetic conversion of the Royal Star and Garter Home into residential apartments represents the best possible way to conserve the architectural heritage of the building. The scheme includes 86 apartments with 114 parking spaces in the basement, dining rooms and leisure rooms including gymnasium and swimming pool facilities in the King and Queen Rooms.

The exterior of the listed building has been restored to its original glory and the valuable internal features  similarly preserved and enhanced. Landscaping within the site has been reinvigorated with revised layouts and planting kept with the spirit of the building.

From an engineering perspective, the project contained unique features and designs including a double basement scheme, tunnelling through existing  foundations, underpinning of the existing 10 storey structure and extensive modifications of the existing 1920’s structural layout.