London’s Burlington Arcade set for renovation

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Just off of London’s Piccadilly sits a quaint and charming passage filled with boutiques and specialist shops, and now the famous Burlington Arcade is set for a makeover, restoring it to its former glory. The arcade’s historical links to sister building Burlington House will also be re-established through the renovation in time for the Queen’s Jubilee in May 2012.

Renowned heritage architect Michael Blair has been enlisted for the job, using original architect Samuel Ware’s blueprints, historical records and photos to re-instate the arcade into a leading shopping destination.

New marble floor is set to be laid in replacement of the 1990 concrete surface in line with the original flooring design, as well as restoring the soft white-painted walls which have been painted various different colours over the years.

Markus Meijer, Chief Executive of Meyer Bergman, the group commissioning the renovation, said: “Instead of a bland, identikit shopping mall, we want to secure the future of the arcade by drawing on the strength of the past and celebrating its heritage and uniqueness. We want the arcade to serve the needs of the generation before as well as those to come. It is a place where old and new worlds meet, united by a common thread of exceptional quality, authenticity, bespoke craftsmanship and creativity.”

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