Savoy Gates

Project Name:           Savoy Gates
Client:                       Duchy of Lancaster
Contract Value:         £103,006.14
Project Completion:   April 24

Installation of new Gate System at Savoy Steps to accommodate separate access points for vehicles, and for cyclists, wheelchair users and pedestrians.  The new gates replicate the design and appearance of the existing gates at The King's Chapel entrance.

We fulfilled the role of Project Managers, solving various logistical problems involved with this project due to the constraints of the site being located next to The King's Chapel and The Savoy Hotel with underground sub-station. 

At one time the grandest of medieval townhouses in London, the history of the Savoy Palace, also known as the Palace of the Savoy goes back to at least the 13th Century.  Interestingly, as the property of the Dukes of Lancaster, the precinct around the palace was considered part of County Palatine of Lancaster (created in 1351), meaning that the rules of the dukes was applied here instead of that of the king - a situation which remained in place until the 1800s. The site, which stands on the north side of the Thames just west of Waterloo Bridge is now occupied by the salubrious Savoy Hotel and the Savoy Theatre.  

In 1967, film director and producer D.A. Pennebaker made and released "Don't Look Back", which was a documentary that captured Dylan's very first headline tour of the UK in 1965.

This film opens with Bob Dylan performing his 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' - at the back of the Savoy Hotel (where he was staying), at the intersection of Savoy Hill Road and a dead-end alley called Savoy Steps.