Graefe panels and doors at Ropemaker Place


Beautiful veneer panels and doors at award-winning London office block

Ropemaker Place is a 20 storey skyscraper in the heart of London. Designed by Arup Associates and named the Estates Gazette Green Awards Office Development of the Year in 2008, the building has impressive sustainability credentials including rainwater harvesting and a tilting double glazed façade that reduces heat gain. 

A spectacular design was accomplished with veneer panels in the reception area with random matched planks of an extremely rare FSC certified log of European Walnut. 

Reinforcing Arup Associate’s green credentials, the client travelled to a specialist veneer supplier in Bavaria to hand pick an unusual crown cut Smoked Swiss Pear veneer from FSC certified stock. This stunning veneer was used in the manufacture of the internal doors on all 21 floors. Each door is a bespoke size which meant they fell outside standard fire ratings – Graefe achieved a specific fire rating from an authorised fire consultant.

Graefe not only supplied veneer panels and doors through the building, factory painted riser doors were also specified on the project – Graefe provided a one-stop-shop solution to the client.