HOK has begun work on regenerating one of Soho’s most recognisable landmarks.
The Soho Lodge, a Tudor-style Grade II-listed summer house in the middle of Soho Square, London, is to undergo restoration.
Work will be completed by this summer, which will see HOK renovate the original timbers and remove decay, which will prevent the lodge from sinking and twisting further.
Meanwhile, foundations are being excavated and refilled to help prevent further subsidence. Walls will be replaced with traditional lime renders and glass windows will be reinstated. The roof – which will be removed to reduce the weight whilst work commences – will be replaced with a mixture of salvaged and traditional handmade clay tiles.
The landmark dates back to 1875, and was originally built at the expense of the residents of Soho Square. Buried below the foundations is an old WWII air raid shelter and an old electricity substation.