[First look] Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has unveiled plans to create a new international headquarters for world-famous auction house Bonhams in London
Submitted for planning this month, the scheme will retain the 20th century façades on New Bond Street and Blenheim Street of the company’s existing head office. A new addition in the Haunch of Vension Yard will house three large salesrooms, preview galleries, a café and daylit workspace for Bonhams’ specialist staff.
The project is due for completion in December 2013.
Alex Lifschutz of LDS said: ‘Our design responds to Bonhams’ rich British history, the particular architecture of the locality and to realising the company’s vision for the future. We look forward to creating an important destination for what is one of the world’s fastest growing cultural institutions.’
Bonhams was founded in 1793 and is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. .
- Phase 1 (the refurbishment of Blenstock House) will be completed by the end of December 2011
- Phase 2 (the new build element) starts on site mid-2012.