Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to create Bonhams' HQ
Brief involves turning seven buildings into one
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has been appointed by Bonhams the auctioneer to carry out the £30 million redevelopment of its Bond Street premises in London.
The brief is to turn a “tortuous and incoherent layout” of seven original buildings into a new international headquarters with the most advanced sale rooms in the world.
Bonhams’ facades on New Bond Street and Blenheim Street are protected, so the major alterations will face on to Haunch of Venison Yard at the back.
The new building will contain three large new double-height sale rooms with skyboxes to maximise viewing, preview galleries, a café and daylit workspace.
Alex Lifschutz, who has taken on the project personally, said: “This project is challenging in so many ways. The auction house is a complex amalgam of warehouse, workshop, office, gallery and – when the great sales take place – theatre. We hope to create a building that takes inspiration from the culture of arts in Mayfair to provide a wonderful destination for the aficionados of the auction business and as well as those merely wishing to dip their toes in the water.”
The project will go for planning at the end of this month and is due for completion in December 2013.