Teams of Allium surveyors have been undertaking refurbishment surveys to the massive, former Bird’s Eye Headquarters, in Walton on Thames, Surrey.
The building was designed by Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners and constructed in 1961-2. The design allowed for an added fourth storey, which the company wanted. However, it was not given planning permission, and instead, in 1967-68 the building was extended by a small addition in similar style, reached via a glazed link.
The building reflected the 1960s predilection for geometric op-art forms in the design of its curtain walling which is enhanced by the reflective pool running the length of the building. As was the trend at the time it incorporates works of art into the design as part of the aesthetic and as a symbol of the company. The building is Grade II listed and work will commence shortly on conversion to residential use.
The building which has been closed for many years has been extensively used as a filming location and is featured in the hit series “24”, starring Kiefer Sutherland and the Kray Twins biopic “Legend”, starring Tom Hardy.