The conservation of an industrial building – Plough Brewery


The industrial style of the grade II listed Plough Brewery is a reminder of the manufacturing heritage of London. Converted to offices in 1968, the owners Marston Properties, wanted to restore the building to its former glory, sympathetically responding to historic details, but using modern materials and products to ensure that it meets with current regulations.

The existing external fenestration was replaced and upgraded using metal-framed windows with special, slim, double-glazing to insulate from both solar gain and traffic noise. Historic research revealed that the original 1900s cast iron windows included central-opening tilt hoppers to provide ventilation, so these were incorporated within the new design. Negotiations with the London Borough of Lambeth conservation officer made sure that the designs were granted planning permission without any delays.