Pera House is home to the British Consulate General in Istanbul. The building was designed in mid-nineteenth century by the royal architect Sir Charles Barry.
In 1993, Arup was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to redesign and provide project management services to this building including construction supervision for the reconstruction of the peripheral wall.
Arup carried out the refurbishment without disturbing the original historic features. All the necessary facilities were installed to convert the former construction into a modern consular office and residential building, including technological, safety and security features as well as seismic strengthening and blast protection.
Throughout the years, Arup has also provided engineering and construction management services for renovation of all the buildings in this historic complex.
Expanding services and geographies
Arup also provided engineering and design services to the embassy complex in Ankara including an upgrade of the air conditioning system and the development of a new carpenters’ shop.
These works are part of a Global Framework Agreement signed by FCO and Arup to be their retained consultant. In case of a British embassy or any related building of FCO throughout the world requires engineering services, these will be provided by the nearest Arup office.
Arup´s consultancy role not only continues in the form of surveys, repair or upgrades but it´s also being extended to British Embassy buildings beyond Turkey, such as Islamabad and Ashgabat.