The Marq in St James’s Tops Out

The Marq is a new build, mixed-use development for The Crown Estate, occupying the prominent corner site of Duke Street and Jermyn Street. We have optimised and developed the approved planning stage proposal and are delivering a building which incorporates a number of new technologies and enhancements to the design.

A ceremony was held in July to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of this exciting new building. It will be one of the UK’s first to be specifically designed to achieve ‘core and shell’ WELL Gold Certification. In addition, it is aiming to achieve BREEAM Outstanding for the office space.

“It’s great to see this major milestone reached at the ‘topping out’ ceremony for this important new building in St James’s. The Marq is a contemporary architectural statement that responds to the long established characteristics of this prestigious conservation area. The new building’s persona stems from the areas creative and sophisticated past. ”
Jason Rudolph, Director, Rolfe Judd

The cladding was designed and constructed using a precast backing panel system which incorporates Portland Stone with brick facing finishes and integrated windows. The large panels measuring 8.5 metres by 4 metres were rapidly installed at a rate of 3 to 5 panels per day. Delivery of the scheme in the BIM environment was integral to this achievement.

The last few seconds of the video show the rapid installation of the cladding panels

Our design enhancements also include the incorporation of stunning new public art by Jacqueline Poncelet. The imaginative proposals include carved stonework with gilding to the exterior, stunning patinated bronze entrance gates and terrazzo artwork to the reception.

For further information see our project page.