Jordan+Bateman Architects complete a major refurbishment at the Australian High Commission London
Australian High Commission London
Jordan+Bateman Architects (JBA) based in Haverhill, Suffolk, have just completed a major refurbishment at the Australian High Commission in the Strand, London. This is the first of a number of commissions planned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs for this iconic building.
The Grade 1 Listed Building sits on an island site between the Aldwych and the Strand and was purpose built for the Australian government in 1918. The building has some beautiful interiors and is often used as a back drop for films companies requiring a richly ornamented interior. The main hall of the High Commission was the setting of Gringotts Bank in the Harry Potter films.
JBA were the design team leaders and lead consultant for the project offering project management, architecture, interior design, mechanical and electrical design, security advice and principle designer duties under the CDM regulations. The project was fast track as the work need to be complete by the time of the buildings centenary in October 2018 and involved a number of security enhancements. In addition the High Commission had to remain open for business and remain secure for the duration of the project.
This was not an issue for the JBA team as they have built a reputation for managing the design and delivery aspects of complex construction projects with a security content derived from their continual experience in working with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for over 30years.
“We are problem solvers” says Phil Jordan, one of the founding Directors of JBA “and this is one of the major difference in the way we approach each project. There are always design decisions to make but the real issues normally lie outside the architects duties but are critical to the success of the project. We try and help clients identify and find solutions probably because we believe there is always a solution to every problem.”
Moving to Haverhill 3 years ago has enabled us to broaden our client base and engage in town centre regeneration as well as getting to know our client base well. There are many issues Haverhill has to face in the future that are common to most towns and cities in the UK post retail, but I believe there are also many opportunities for the town to regenerate and take a lead with new approaches and ideas which will benefit the lives of all”
JBA have a number of projects developing in and around Haverhill and news of these will follow in due course.