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Bonhams complete phase one

04 January 2012Written by ATG Reporter

ROBERT Brooks may be up in the air, but his plans to rebuild and refurbish Bonhams’ Bond Street headquarters certainly aren’t.

In fact the company's chairman took to this cherrypicker just before Christmas to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the £30m project, the refitting of Blenstock House, the partially listed building that will house their temporary salerooms while the next phase of the project takes place.

This will involve the demolition of the network of buildings towards the Bond Street and Haunch of Venison Yard sides of the complex and their replacement with a state-of-the-art edifice of salerooms, offices, meetings rooms and a cafe that Bonhams expect to rival any international saleroom in the world.

"The first phase has been completed on time and under budget," Mr Brooks toldATG. "That's no mean feat when you consider that the building hasn't been rewired since it was built in 1937."

Bonhams' biggest fear was that the disruption caused by the work - which has to meet tight deadlines to fit in with London's Crossrail project running underneath the buildings - would damage their sales programme. As it stands, however, the past three months have seen the company achieve a string of record prices to bring them their most successful sales series since Mr Brooks formed the company a decade ago by bringing together elements of the former Bonhams firm, Phillips and his Brooks motoring auctions business.

The new complex is due to open in December 2013.

For a view of the architect's vision of the complex, click here.

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