London’s most expensive refurbishment

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Charles Street in Mayfair is home to what will become the most high-value refurbishment in the history of the city.

The vast townhouse – which cost £50m to acquire – will undergo a £20m restoration to make it one of the most desirable addresses in London.

The Grade II listed house at 39 Charles Street has endured many years of neglect, necessitating a substantial rework to make it suitably attractive for the multi-millionaire investor/resident that will end up owning it. The mid-18th Century home originally included seven large bedroom suites, eight state rooms, a leisure complex and a private cinema.

The main bedroom suite is spread across 2,000 sq/ft, and plans for the house include an eight-person lift, a mews home for guests or staff, a wine room, office, catering kitchen and a number of high security vaults.

The property currently has listed Chinese wallpaper and silk wall mountings which will be removed and later reinstated as part of the refurbishment.

Greenwood Louvre has aided in the extensive redevelopment with the design and installation of an impressive smoke vent lantern feature – a light-giving structural design that will act to remove smoke from the building should a fire ever break out. Such systems make it easier and safer for occupants to escape and also enable easier fire fighter intervention.

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