"Using purpose-built tooling Focus SB engineered a plate to the precise dimensions specified"
It was imperative that changes to the external face would need to match the existing interior decor. Project manager, Harry Brimmel, stated: "You simply cannot drill through walls here." The wiring fed a selection of oversized sockets set into the antique floor and skirting, which presented Brimmel and his team with a unique challenge. Replacing the skirting is out of the question in a Grade 1 listed building, the cut out was simply too big to house the standard 86mm x 86mm sized modern sockets. Seeking a solution, Brimmel was tasked with researching and sourcing a suitable manufacturer with sophisticated-enough precision engineering and in-house finishing capabilities to produce wiring accessories fit for a historic building conservation project. He approached Focus SB to make a sample for approval by English Heritage (now known as Historic England).
Using purpose-built tooling Focus SB engineered a plate to the precise dimensions specified by Brimmel and his team. A brass hinge and lid was fabricated then coated in an electrophoretic primer ready for painting on site. The engineering team then set to work on a unique back box that would allow the plate to sit slightly back into the wall so that when the lid closed it would sit flush to the skirting. Following the same process for the floor sockets, a beautiful brushed bronze finish was selected to complement the warm colours and ornate splendour of the Queen's State Apartments. Harry Brimmel commented: "The amount of work that went into this simple job is incredible. Focus SB were good to us; they were patient and empathetic to our requirements. This was a very particular job and they never promised more than they could deliver." Focus SB have worked on interiors from the grand to the humble, and from the modern to the classical, working closely with clients to create hand crafted, luxurious electrical accessories fit to adorn the walls of any building, anywhere in the world. Discover more about protection and restoration of historic architecture and electrical installations in heritage buildings at The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) charity, founded by William Morris in 1877.