There is a large list of properties of special architectural and historic interest where Darke & Taylor have undertaken electrical engineering projects. All of these projects are installed to very highest standards and have required the company to overcome stiff challenges such as working in occupied premises, integrating our works in manner that respects a building’s heritage and devising installation strategies and designs that enable modern technology to be embraced in listed buildings from a different era. Quality cannot be compromised as these are buildings of on-going interest and importance – in certain cases of exceptional interest and of national or international importance.
Here are some examples of work we have completed to the highest standard, and to complete customer satisfaction in historic and listed buildings.
Kensington Palace Restoration & Visitor Centre
- Client : Royal Historical Palaces
- Main Contractor : Mansell Construction (part of Balfour Beatty)
- Project Manager : Gardiner & Theobald
- Building Services Consultant : Giffords/Ramboll
Darke & Taylor Contracting were the M&E Services Contractor for this £12 million building contract at Kensington Palace, the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The project was to enhance the existing building and construct a first class visitor experience including new shop and café for Historic Royal Palaces. The contract involved the remodeling, alteration and refurbishment of parts of the Palace (including specialist and bespoke lighting) while the remaining areas stayed open to the public. The two-year project transformed Kensington Palace into a stunning visitor attraction; the site now boasts first class educational and recreational facilities, five exhibitions and a new shop.
The St Cross Building, University of Oxford
- Client : Oxford University Estates Services (OUES)
- Project Manager : Managed by OUES and Darke & Taylor Ltd
- Building Services Consultants : QODA Consulting and OUES
Having undertaken the original electrical installation during the 1960’s, Darke & Taylor Electrical Services have completed a phased refurbishment project to rewire and replace all existing lighting and power systems. Using a specialist integrated cladding containment system to meet conservation officer requirements, we have installed a fully automated lighting control system and standalone battery backup LED emergency lighting solution, utilising existing cable routes, containment and conduits whilst the building has remained occupied and operational. The St Cross Building, home of the University of Oxford Law Faculty and the Bodleian Law Library is a celebrated work of the late Sir John Leslie Martin and Colin St John Wilson. Opened in 1964 it is now recognised as an architecturally important building of more than special interest and is categorised as Grade II* listed.
Chatsworth House, Interior Room Enhancements
- Type : Historic/Listed Building
- Value : £600K
- Client : Chatsworth House Trust
- Main Contractor : Fairhurst Ward Abbotts
- Building Services Consultant : Aecom
Set in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth is one of the country’s most famous and iconic stately homes. Darke & Taylor Contracting was engaged to undertake the electrical work on this project which has involved both a high standard of finish, and the requirement to integrate the works into an environment where specialist conservation and restoration work has been undertaken on this Grade I listed building. The work has been carried out whilst one of the busiest country estates in the UK remains open to the public.
- Type : Historic/Listed Building
- Value : £400K
- Client : Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Fulham Palace Trust
- Main Contractor/Project Manager : Mansell
- Building Services Consultants : Gifford
Darke & Taylor Contracting were responsible for the restoration and transformation of Fulham Palace into a distinctive location for leisure and education. This required the installation of an electrical solution that was both sympathetic to the heritage of this Medieval Grade I Listed Building, whilst ensuring that it was fit for a vision of providing open access – this included enhancing and increasing public and disabled/less-abled access.
100 Park Lane, Westminster
- Type : “Super-prime” Residential Mansion
- Value : £1.75M
- Client : Private Client
- Building Contractor : Walter Lilly
- Architect : Formation Architects
- Building Services Consultants : Peter Deer and Associates
- Partners : M&E Package led by CH Lindsey & Son
This project entailed the conversion of a historic Grade II* listed building back into a single private family dwelling of the very highest standard. Steeped in history and with a number of original Regency and early Victorian features the completed 44,000 sqft property is widely acclaimed as one of London’s finest homes. Darke & Taylor Contracting and its specialist suppliers used its many years experience in this market sector to successfully install and commission the electrical and life safety systems, including a stunning bespoke lighting scheme to compliment the ornate interiors and the latest life safety technologies to protect the property and its contents.
- Type : Historic / Listed Building
- Value : £120K
- Client : The National Trust
- Main Contractor/Project Manager : Ward & Co
- Building Services Consultants : EEP
- Other Consultants : Oxley Conservation (Historic Buildings Consultancy)
Owned by the National Trust, this picturesque Tudor Manor has undergone extensive reservicing and conservation work. The electrical work undertaken by Darke & Taylor Contracting required a level of detail and craftsmanship that ensured key features of this building are conserved for future generations, whilst making it safe and functional for its visitors.
- Type : Historic Church Buildings
- Technologies : Specialist Lighting, Heating & Life Safety Systems
- Location : Oxfordshire and London
Darke & Taylor has significant experience of working in are Churches and Cathedrals, a very specialist type of work. Many of these buildings date back to Medieval times and are of listed status and installing building services into such historically and culturally important buildings takes a great deal of care and attention. We have engineers with experience of requirements specific to these religious buildings such as the installation of mineral cable and bespoke antique lighting.
Historic & Listed Building – Further Projects
- Type : Properties of special architectural and historic interest
- Value : £50K to £5M
Darke & Taylor have substantial experience of undertaking electrical engineering projects in properties of special architectural and historic interest. All of these projects are installed to the very highest standards and have required the company to overcome stiff challenges such as working in occupied premises, integrating our works in a manner that respects a building’s heritage and devising installation strategies and designs that enable modern technology to be embraced in listed buildings from a different era. Quality cannot be compromised as there are buildings of on-going interest and importance – in certain cases of exceptional interest and recognised nationally or internationally.