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Newly renovated building keeps 130-year-old floors

The architects responsible for the renovation of London’s Club Row has decided to keep the existing parquet floor that was originally installed in the 1880s.

When an old Victorian building is renovated, the floor is normally replaced with a modern solid floor, but Club Row, part of a group of Victorian buildings that house creative tenants like designers and production companies, has chosen to buck the trend. The original building was a school with classrooms featuring Columbian pine parquet floors. The architect responsible for the renovation, Laurence Quinn, was so impressed with the floor, that instead of removing it and installing a modern hardwood floor, he chose to preserve the original one. After extensive restoration and refinishing, the floor is now an impressive feature of the studio spaces in Club Row.

Quinn said that he wanted to respect the building origins. The building mixes modern construction features such as precast concrete and terrazzo, but maintains many of the original components of the building, including restored iron structures and the parquet floors.

Quinn said:

‘Our intention was to plug into the building’s architectural eclecticism. We used precast concrete and terrazzo, but detailed in a modern way. We wanted to respect its origins. The modern touches prepare it for its next journey as a place for creative industries.”

If you have old solid wood flooring in your Wirral home or business, you should consider refinishing and floor sanding. Like the Club Row floors, this will create a new lease of life for your hardwood floors.

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