Case Study

Star and Garter: Converting a Grade-II listed building into 86 luxury apartments

Adapting robust, yet lightweight, partitioning to the hidden structures of this Grade-II listed building required complete collaboration from all parties involved.

High-end partitioning for a special building

The Star and Garter in Richmond was once a home for injured ex-servicemen. It’s now a magnificent Grade-II listed building that has been converted into 86 high-level luxury apartments. To split the building, the developer, London Square, asked for lightweight partitions installed to tough specifications on robustness and durability, as well as acoustic and fire-safety performance. Our twin-frame acoustic wall system incorporating GypWall Twin Frame Braced which provided an ideal and high-specification solution.

Each day reveals a fresh challenge

Flexibility is essential when working on an older building. Some buildings are unknowable until parts are knocked down or removed, and that’s exactly how it was with the Star and Garter. No one knew what to expect until after the demolition team had been through.

The teams involved needed to work together to come up with effective solutions to the wide variety of challenges the building presented on each new day. This approach required complete flexibility from all parties involved to achieve the best possible outcome. We were on-site every day to provide expert advice and support as and when it was needed to keep things moving smoothly.

With odd angles, unexpected obstructions and varying ceiling heights to overcome, virtually every fix at the Star and Garter was unique. When faced with technical issues that they’d never encountered before, PM White Dry Lining, remained endlessly adaptable. They erected faultless double-skim party walls with internal metal partitions, and took care to create enough space within the ceilings for a generous amount of mechanical and electrical systems work.

Mark Lopeman, London Square’s Project Manager was extraordinarily pleased with the result: “I’ve had nothing but compliments on the standard of workmanship, the standard of finishes – and they’re the sort of things that I’m getting from my peers within the industry. They’ve been very, very vocal in their appreciation of what we’ve done.”


Project name
Star and Garter
Building type
Residential/Retrofit & Refurbishment