Monday, 31st October 2016

Luxury development reaches the top

35 Marylebone High Street celebrates topping out

Walter Lilly were recently invited by our Client, W1 London Limited to attend the topping out ceremony of our 35 Marylebone High Street project.

Following a very complex temporary works and demolition sequence and the construction of the new double basement and challenging concrete frame construction the Client and our team were keen to mark the occasion of reaching roof level.

W1 London Limited invited guests to witness the ceremony and their Managing Director David Easson said a few words before handing over to their Chairman and principal funder Sir Peter Wood. Walter Lilly’s Managing Director, Andrew Crispin, gave a quick speech enlightening guests on the history behind the significance of a topping ceremony. The official ‘topping out’ ceremony itself was then conducted, with Senior Project Manager Bob Byrne assisting Sir Peter to trowel in the final bed of concrete into a hole left in the roof slab, before Andrew Crispin presented Sir Peter with an engraved silver trowel to commemorate the occasion.

For Walter Lilly, the tradition of topping out is something we are always keen to preserve. Whilst it formally marks a significant stage in any project, more than anything else it announces and celebrates that someone’s vision has become reality and that a worthwhile job has been well done by everyone involved.

On completion, the project will see a total of 19 apartments and 5 townhouses completed with high-end luxury finishes throughout.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

Walter Lilly’s Newport Street Gallery wins 2016 Stirling Prize

A Caruso St. John designed project

Walter Lilly are delighted that Newport Street Gallery is the winner of the coveted 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. Walter Lilly were responsible for the construction of the gallery, designed by architect Caruso St. John.

RIBA President Jane Duncan  applauded Damian Hirst for creating ‘an exceptional contribution to the UK’s strong history of private patronage of architecture. Not only has Damien opened up his enviable private collection to the world, but he has commissioned a real work of art to house it in.’

Described as ‘a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture’ by the Stirling Prize judges, they went on to say ‘Caruso St. John’s approach to conservation is irreverent yet sensitive and achieves a clever solution that expresses a poetic juxtaposition of old and new.’

‘The collection of buildings is beautifully curated, pulled together by the use of brick yet still expressive of their individuality. The playful use of LED technology gives a temporary addition to the façade.’

‘Internally, the five buildings are connected as a continuous and coherent sequence of light filled gallery spaces. The simple and logical circulation is enlivened by exquisitely detailed and sensuous staircases.’

Damian Hirst said Newport Gallery had ‘realised [his] ambition to create an unobtrusive and beautiful series of buildings that work perfectly as a space to exhibit great art. I am immensely proud of what we achieved and the reaction it has received in its first year of opening,”

Walter Lilly’s unique approach to high quality construction suited the conversion of three listed Victorian industrial buildings and the construction of two new buildings into one gallery space.

News stories of the award here:

BBC News

Evening Standard


The Architects’ Journal

Monday, 12th September 2016

Walter Lilly completes their 6th consecutive Cyclothon UK

Two teams cross the line after a 12 hour endurance relay race

Walter Lilly entered two teams of six riders in their sixth consecutive year of the Cyclothon UK, held at Brands Hatch on Thursday 8 September.

It was an early morning start for the teams with a 6:30am briefing before the first cyclists crossed the starting line at 7:30am. The English weather was at its finest with a perfect sunny day, although the wind tested the rider’s endurance in addition to the uphill climbs.

After a full day of competitive racing for fourth and fifth place against another team, Team A only just missed out on fourth place with their final time at 11:56:16.4, with Team Kebbell taking the fourth, finishing two minutes ahead. With a total of 96 laps completed this meant 233 miles were covered in the 12 hours. Congratulations must go to Ian Edwards from Walter Lilly for the fastest team time of the day of 06:12.607.

Team B came in at 19th place completing an impressive 82 laps and 199 miles. The fastest team lap of the day was awarded to Dean Hollingsworth with a time of 07:25.1. A big effort from Walter Lilly’s Mike Howell who ended up having to complete four consecutive laps during his leg of the race after the pit lanes were closed to start the 8-hour racing!

Well done to Derrick Sowerby of Slender Winter Partnership and Nick Forster of W-One International who brought both teams home for the final laps of what was a very tiring day.

Our friends at TMJ Interiors and Darke and Taylor were also there on the day and put up a great race. It was fantastic to see them both there and spend another great day of friendly trackside competition.

Visit our facebook page here for photos of the day.

Monday, 1st August 2016

Phase four of science project secured

Walter Lilly again working with large pharmaceutical company

Walter Lilly

Walter Lilly have successfully secured the £7.0 million chemistry research laboratory refurbishment project in Surrey. Our client is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and this is our fourth project for them in as many years.

The project involves the refurbishment and extension to an existing operational laboratory building, including reconfiguration of internal space, new internal suspended flooring, new external glazed screens to extend the usable footprint, phased strip out of existing services installations, new services installations and laboratory furniture.

Major M&E works throughout the phase four project include the re-routing and expansion of existing services to serve the new and existing areas whilst providing future capacity for further phased expansion of the facility.

Works have been programmed to be coordinate around the occupied laboratory facilities and cause minimal disruption to their research programme.

Walter Lilly are delighted to again be working with the project team of Faithful & Gould, Abell Nepp and AECOM.


Monday, 1st August 2016

Inaugural High Quality Residential Ball a complete success!

Walter Lilly presents charities with event cheques

On behalf of the HQR Summer Ball 2016, Walter Lilly presented The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Lighthouse Club with their cheques as a result of the fundraising efforts of industry attendees at The Grosvenor House Hotel on the 25th  June.

Kelly Gower (Event Organiser) and Andrew Crispin, MD of Walter Lilly were joined by Bill Hill, CEO of The Lighthouse Club and Jade McShane, Fundraising Manager of Teenage Cancer Trust on Thursday 28th July.


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The inaugural HQR Summer Ball 2016 launched to widespread industry acclaim on Saturday 25th June in the Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

Having 660 HQR colleagues exceeded all initial expectations for attendance. The guests were made up of agents, project managers, architects, interior designers, lawyers, financiers, surveyors, engineers, main contractors and specialist subcontractors, along with – unusually for an industry event – their wives, husbands and partners. This was the key factor in creating an atmosphere more akin to a private party for family and friends than an industry event.

The guests were entertained to drinks on reception, a three course dinner featuring fillet of Hereford beef, impressive magicians, a charity raffle and auction, dancing to the live 8-piece Hand Fulla Soul band and a DJ set till 1.00am.

Expectations were further exceeded by the charity auction and raffle with £54,330 being raised for and shared by The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Lighthouse Club which is outstanding.

Photos from the evening can be seen here

Some quotes to summarize the evening include:

“Months of hard work and planning really paid off and it was fantastic to see so many prominent HQR companies in one room having a great time.  The inclusion of husbands, wives and partners went against the norm, but was the icing on the cake.  With a fantastic £54,000 being raised on the evening for our two chosen charities, there are 54,000 reasons to look forward to HQR 2017!” – Kelly Gower, Walter Lilly (Event Organiser)

“HQR – Haven’t Quite Recovered! A brilliant event, wonderfully organised with great people and excellent charities supported, when are we doing it again?” –  Neil Stevenson, NEJ Stevenson

“Everything was beyond excellent” – Maral Zarrinmehr, Devonshires Solicitors LLP

“I have no idea who I did not see there, but if they were not there more fool them!” – Peter Dunk, Slender Winter Partnership

“I’m in awe that you had the ambition and energy to pull off such an incredible evening” – Mandi Cleyndert, Bill Cleyndert & Co Ltd

“Congratulations on achieving the event of events!” – Jon Riley, Locker & Riley Ltd

Yes, delighted to say plans are already afoot for 2017. To register for early information please contact

Monday, 25th July 2016

Walter Lilly commits to the next generation by joining The 5% Club

A campaign to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment

Walter Lilly, the market leader in delivering high-end residential projects, as well as science and education facilities, has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The campaign was initiated by defence technology company QinetiQ with an aim to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years.

The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks members to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.

Walter Lilly encourage and support professional and personal development, and invest heavily in training and education, nurturing the next generation of talent to ensure the long-term growth of the company.

Walter Lilly have been sponsoring construction students at Loughborough University since 1998 and have built a close relationship with the Civil Engineering and Building Department of the University.

As the smallest company in the Loughborough University consortium, we have the flexibility to tailor our support and opportunities for individuals.

Walter Lilly has also supported a number of trainees through their NVQs and degrees on a part-time basis in London. This provides the trainees with the chance to learn through their experiences as well as academically.

The company are currently sponsoring 13 degree students on full time courses and have a further six day release students working at Walter Lilly and studying at London or Home Counties Universities.

Shaun Frampton, Director of Walter Lilly said, “We have consistently supported the next generation of young people as they start their journey into construction. We are pleased to formalise our commitment by joining The 5% Club. In fact, we are very proud to boast that we have 13.0% of the company’s current headcount being on a formalised apprenticeship, sponsored student and/or graduate programme.”

Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Walter Lilly to the initiative. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”

To apply for sponsorship on one of the construction courses at Loughborough University, or for a day release degree at a London University, send your CV to


To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit  or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016

Walter Lilly secures two new country estate projects

Two new country projects in the home counties

Walter Lilly is extending our expertise of high end luxury homes outside of central London after adding two new country estate projects to our portfolio.

Our project in Englefield Green, near Windsor, will see the construction of a four-storey house with a basement and swimming pool wing, a separate guest house, garage building, gate lodge, stables, greenhouse and other ancillary buildings, all within a private country estate. The initial works on this 15 acre property required the demolition of the existing house and ancillary buildings.

The initial tender enquiry for this contract required a large single storey basement 40m x 20m on plan to be constructed in a ‘top down’ sequence. Walter Lilly engineers have developed an alternative and efficient temporary propping scheme enabling traditional ‘bottom up’ construction of the reinforced concrete basement structure, saving valuable programme time for our client as well as significant cost.

The project is programmed to be complete late 2017.

Hoddington Estate, near Basingstoke, is an 850 acre estate with an existing house, game keepers lodge and various out buildings and agricultural barns. In January 2016, Walter Lilly secured the first phase of this project which saw the demolition of an existing barn for the construction of a brand new shoot barn complex incorporating estate offices, horse stables, game larders and courtyard to accommodate estate maintenance equipment.

This project is programmed to be complete late 2016.

In mid-2015, Walter Lilly completed a circa £7m million contract to construct a new 1,643m2 country home in Burnham Beeches. A statement in itself, and designed by Quinlan and Francis Terry Architect in natural stone, this country house includes a large basement, additional attic accommodation, external swimming pool and substantial landscaping.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016

Belgravia becomes a busy area for Walter Lilly

Three new Central London projects to add to our portfolio within the last 12 months

The SW1 area has recently become Walter Lilly’s focal construction location with three new projects added to our portfolio.

Our Wilton Crescent project commenced in mid-2015 and involves the demolition and reconstruction of rear mews building and link building and the excavation under the rear garden using a top down construction method to create a basement extension. The works also include the full refurbishment of the main house, including an extension to the rear lower ground, ground and first floor levels, as well as the creation of a terrace at the first floor level. This extension and refurbishment project will also require the installation of a new plant room.

Works at another project at Belgrave Square commenced in early 2015 and is for the redevelopment of an existing Grade I listed property and mews house into a single dwelling including a new basement extension linking the two properties. The works at this property also includes the demolition reconstruction of the existing mews building, a brand new swimming pool hall in the basement extension and a new roof garden between the two buildings. The project is due to be completed in late 2017.

Upper Belgrave Street is a recent contract which Walter Lilly secured through a two-stage tender process in early 2016. A Grade II* listed end of terrace property, the works involve the redevelopment and refurbishment of the existing building into a six-storey private residential luxury home. Walter Lilly was initially contracted to carry out only the strip-out works to the property in 2015 and we are pleased to have been recently awarded the contract for the full refurbishment.

Monday, 9th May 2016

Project Lewis wins bronze award

Walter Lilly's 2015 project was recognised at the recent CCS National Site Awards

Walter Lilly’s project team were recently rewarded for their tremendous efforts on Project Lewis after receiving a bronze award at the Considerate Contractors National Site Awards.

The award recognised the team’s effort of demonstrating the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce and the environment through adhering to the Scheme’s five-point Code of Considerate Practice.

 An existing five-storey detached residential property of circa 6,600 ft2, works at Project Lewis included a new basement extension under the entire footprint of the existing residence and extended 8m into the rear garden. Works also included a full refurbishment including a brand new swimming pool and gym area. The project was completed in 2015.

Congratulations to our Project Manager, Bob Byrne and the team for receiving the well deserved recognition of a premier project.

Friday, 8th April 2016

Inside a Millionaires Mansion

Walter Lilly's Knightbridge project features on channel 4's Millionaires Mansion

Interior designer Brian Wade took viewers of Channel 4’s Millionaires Mansion inside our Knightsbridge 7-storey property to showcase the high-end quality and luxury of our project.

Read full details of the story here