Iconic London retail destination Burlington Arcade has been refreshed thanks to a new British stone floor and a paper art installation courtesy of Zoe Bradley, in-line with the landlord’s ongoing restoration project.
Co-owners Meyer Bergman and Thor Equities have forged ahead with a plan to overhaul the retail space, capitalising on the expertise of Westminster Council’s planning department and historic specialists at English Heritage and the Georgian Society.
Additionally, 80% of retailers within Burlington Arcade had expressed interest in seeing the floor replaced and improved.
The new floor, made from British stone, has been designed by Jamie Fobert – a leading British architect and designer who specialises in projects involving historic buildings.
The new design derives from the architect’s research into floor patterns at a number of Regency buildings. It comprises a radial pattern, with spiral-like geometry which infers direction and incorporates a tromp d’oeil effect specifically suited to Burlington Arcade’s linear nature.
Burlington Arcade’s previous floor, which was laid in the early 1990s has no historical value and was said to detract from the character of the building’s Regency style and status as one of London’s most historic landmarks.
Other restoration projects at the site have included repainting the upper arches, installing discreet up-lighting and reintroducing the traditional ‘opening of the gates’ ceremony by guards in Regency uniforms.
Markus Meijer, chief executive of Meyer Bergman, said: “Following detailed discussions with the existing retailers when we first acquired Burlington Arcade, a clear need was identified for significant improvements to be made to the design and quality of the current floor. The new floor is a response to this ongoing concern and marks the next phase in our stewardship of the Burlington Arcade.”
To celebrate its new look, the Burlington Arcade has installed two colourful paper chandeliers designed by Zoe Bradley, who describes the space as “an oasis of luxury”.