Developing China’s first Christie’s auction house
Located in the Bund area of Shanghai and originally built in 1908, the Ampire Building is one of historic background. It now plays host to Christie’s first official office in China, incorporating exhibition and auction rooms.
With the project beginning on 21st July and the first autumn auction was scheduled for 24th October, Gleeds provided project and cost management on the project in order for the construction to be completed quickly and concisely.
Gleeds faced a number of challenges during project delivery due to the historic preservations of the building, which meant that much of the internal structure, such as doors and windows, could not be changed. Despite this, Gleeds were able to negotiate a decision between the landlord, protection units and designers so that original internal structure could be restored in a way that met the preservation rules and design requirements.
Christie’s also has a high security requirement for materials. The glass used had to be explosion proof and each window needed to be equipped with an independent alarm. There was also a prerequisite for the ‘safety box’ room to be sealed by a 4mm steel plate. The need for specific materials meant that they had to be foreign imported, with teams flying in from Europe specifically to install them.