Harrods, Knightsbridge

Project: Harrods, Knightsbridge

For more than 100 years, copper shingles have been used on large areas of Harrods’ roof. Restoration work on the Knightsbridge store resulted in VMZINC craftsmen being commissioned to create new moulds from existing profiles in order to reproduce shingles to the highest standards of authenticity. All have been individually stamped and installed by specialist hard metal contractors Albany Brent and NDM (Metal Roofing & Cladding) Ltd.

VMZINC Ornaments have a tradition of zinc and copper ornamental work for roofs which dates from the first half of the 19th century. Its extensive list of commissions is now showing a steadily increasing number in the UK. Such rare belief in the retention of key metalworking skills enables historic buildings to be restored and elements of the roof retained as key building features. In addition to standard products such as finials and weather vanes, VMZINC manufactures decorated rainwater goods and balustrades as well as dormer and bulls eye windows, cupolas, gutter fronts and ridge caps.