The Compton, London

  • Dates
  • April 2019
  • Project Value
  • £260k
  • Services
  • Luxury apartments

The Compton, London

  • Dates
  • April 2019
  • Project Value
  • £260k
  • Services
  • Luxury apartments

Description of works

The Compton is a complex of 49 luxury apartments in the St John’s Wood region of London. Franklin Gilmore worked on behalf of Regal Homes to install a high-end finish to the apartments that would ensure they would command a high price when they went to market.

The Dragon’s Den star Kelly Hoppen was responsible for the interior design, and with price tags that went up to £9m for the Penthouse, this was a job that needed enormous attention to detail.

We were responsible for the second fix joinery on the project. Our role was to install pre-hung solid oak door sets, architraves and skirting as well as the bespoke reception desk and a scope that extended into Final Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) as the project came to a close. We also installed the ironmongery, which included handles of the highest quality.

The challenge

The Compton project presented an obvious challenge, in that the finish needed to be perfect. This was an exacting client, for whom no expense would be spared to ensure a luxurious finish.

For Franklin Gilmore, this was represented in the high level of specification. Flush-fitting door stoppers and architraves, curved oak with varying thicknesses, biscuit jointing in the architrave mitres.

So, a technically challenging project where our expertise was drawn upon more and more as the project continued.

A great example of this was in the penthouse suite, effectively two apartments knocked together and to be owned by one of India’s richest men. Here, we worked with a structural engineer for the marble staircase that was originally specified…only to have this replaced in the end by a glass staircase. Decisions, decisions…

For the concierge, we needed to design and build a structure that would support a huge marble desktop. This was a show-stopping feature for anyone entering the apartment for the first time, and needed real kerb-appeal. This was a challenge from a technical, logistical and aesthetic point of view, but one that we successfully achieved.

We also needed to construct curved solid oak skirting that would be fitted flush to polished plaster walls. This is a bespoke piece of work that needed craftsmanship, time and patience. This type of finish can only be achieved through a process of stressing and strapping in a former, in order to get the required degree of curvature. When finished, it is one of those features that only the keen eye would spot, but that keen eye would understand the degree of craft that went into its completion.

Key Achievements

A project like this is all about matching technical skill with attention to detail. One couldn’t exist without the other on this project – it’s no good going to great lengths to create bespoke solutions if they aren’t going to be fitted and finished with absolute precision.

We were also acutely aware that we were dealing with demanding, high profile clients and stakeholders, so we knew we had to build relationships throughout the project. This required confidence, authority and tact.

So, to see a project finally handed over where every last detail is exactly how it should be was a huge achievement.

To Whom It may Concern, I am writing to recommend Franklin & Gilmore for undertaking all sorts of joinery and carpentry projects on various type of project including high end and large scale. I have worked, as a Main contractor Site Manager and project Manager, with David Gilmore on a few projects in London over the years and I have always been fully satisfied with the professionalism, the dedication and the overall performance of David and his team. Franklin & Gilmore demonstrated a good level of management on site in terms of Health and Safety, logistics, and coordination with other trades. David is close to his team on site and his sense of organisation and anticipation is a great asset for any client. Commercially, they are fair and reasonable without making any compromise on the quality. I would work with Franklin & Gilmore on future project should the opportunity arise.