Brooks’s was founded in 1764 by 27 members of the aristocracy, including four dukes, and is one London’s oldest and most distinguished gentleman’s clubs.
The building of Brooks’s Club was designed by Henry Holland, one of the most prominent architects of his day, whose work includes Althorp House, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Royal Pavilion, in Brighton.
Brooks’s Club occupies a Grade I Listed building within the St James’s Conservation Area. Historic England, City of Westminster’s Planning and Conservation Department and the commercial property consultant Drivers Jonas Deloitte all approved the façade gommage® test panels undertaken by Thomann-Hanry® before the work could begin.
Although the façade consists of notoriously soft yellow London stock bricks with Portland stone architectural dressings (and had never previously been cleaned) it presented no problems for Thomann-Hanry®’s sensitive façade gommage® masonry cleaning system.
Nearly 250 years of West End pollution was cleaned in just three days, returning 700m2 of Georgian brick and stonework back to its original splendour.
No scaffolding was used during the cleaning process, which meant disturbance to the access of the Club – and the busy streets and pavements surrounding it – was kept to an absolute minimum.