St Martin’s Courtyard Case Study

Background

Nicholas Stephens Construction Ltd. reached out to us with a vision to transform part of St Martin’s Courtyard. Located in London’s bustling Covent Garden, St Martin’s Courtyard is an open-air shopping and dining destination with an incredible location in the heart of the city.

The building in question was undergoing a complete refurbishment and the goal was clear: to breathe new life into the structure and revitalise its presence in Covent Garden.

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The requirement

The project called for a complete exterior cladding overhaul, and the client had a very specific vision in mind. We needed to create an exterior that exuded sophistication, combining aesthetics with functionality. The building’s façade needed to be visually striking and inviting but also offer durability and a long-lasting finish.

The solution

We recommended 12mm Corian sheet material in ‘Sea Salt’, an elegant, natural-looking shade, for the building’s cladding. Not only did this choice add a sophisticated finish, it’s also highly durable and resistant to stains, ensuring the cladding’s longevity. We assisted in the project’s design phase before manufacturing and installing the complete cladding project.

Challenges

The initial design was complicated – not only did we have to design the material element, but we also had to design custom moulds to thermoform the Corian into a specific shape. The cladding was completely bespoke and the framework had to be designed specifically for the project by DFMK.

Results

The newly installed cladding not only refreshes the aesthetics of St Martin’s Courtyard, it also adds a layer of functionality. The design is completely unique – there are no others like it in the UK and it was one of the very first cladding projects of its type. This one-of-a-kind design showcases the transformative power of using Corian as part of a cladding project; not only is it visually striking, it’s durable and will last for many years to come.

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