London contractor moves offices after 261 years

Grant Prior 3 years ago
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London’s oldest independent building contractor Sykes & Son Limited is moving to a new office after 261 years on the same street.

Staff outside Essex St office before a company day out in the 1950s
Staff outside Essex St office before a company day out in the 1950s

The business set-up its head office on Essex Street in WC2 way back in 1759 when the capital had a population of 600,000 and George III was about to become King.

It occupied various premises on Essex Street over the years but now Sykes & Son is moving to a new home next week just a mile away in Bloomsbury.

The new Sykes House is a purpose-built, energy efficient office designed to promote collaborative working alongside improved facilities for meetings, training and staff welfare.

Over the year’s the refurbishment specialist has worked for a diverse range of clients including historic bank C Hoare & Co, the Royal Palaces at HM Tower of London, English Heritage, the City of London Corporation, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.

The company’s roots were as a glazing and plumbing contractor which has grown into a multi-disciplined company employing 100 staff.

Sykes said: “We’re incredibly proud of the part that we have played in restoring, building, refurbishing and maintaining our capital’s heritage over the years.

“From royal palaces to world renowned museums, galleries and universities, we continue to forge long-term working relationships at London’s finest buildings.”

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