Royal Over-Seas League - New Cocktail Bar Terrace

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Royal Over-Seas League - New Cocktail Bar Terrace

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Originally built in the 17th Century, both Rutland and Vernon Houses were purchased by the Royal Over-Seas League in the 1920 and 30s and were conjoined in 1932 to form ‘Over-Seas House’, their World Headquarters.

The Royal Over-Seas League is a non-profit making private members organisation committed to supporting international understanding and friendship through social, music, arts and welfare activities.

An existing metal staircase from the rear elevation of Rutland House was carefully dismantled and removed. A new structural steel frame was formed and supported off mass concrete foundations to support a floor deck terrace construction. The terrace comprises pre-cast paving slabs on proprietary adjustable supports fixed to a weathered ‘sub-deck’ of 6mm steel plate secured over galvanized steel joists spanning between the structural steelwork. The new terrace has soffit lighting and small power, with the soffit decoratively clad with slatted, untreated Siberian Larch.

Works commenced in January 2015, concluding in March 2015. Special care had to be taken at all times given the Grade I listed nature of the properties.  

Over-Seas House was fully occupied throughout the works, save for access to the gardens which were curtailed for the duration of works. Given the limited access opportunities off of St James’s Street and Park Place, access for deliveries and removals was via Queens Walk, through Green Park.