Bedford Street

First Suffragette’s office given new vote of confidence thanks to residential development 

A historic office building has been given a new lease of life thanks to a development project that involved ironmongery firm SDS London.

SDS London supplied Solmaz Ltd - who work with developers, landlords and architects to re-furb and renovate buildings - with a vast quantity of ironmongery and hardware for the project.

Over 40 product lines were supplied, predominantly from UK manufacturers, to the project, which was once used by the Suffragette’s as a base for its movement for political and social change.


The development saw five luxury flats built in Bedford Street, in Covent Garden London; and SDS London supplied all of the Ironmongery for 76 doors in the complex, which included main entrance and interior doors.


Up until 2012 the building was used for office space before being converted into residential accommodation.


Solmaz Ltd were the main contractor for the project and the Stonehaven Group were the developers.

Faruk Tepeyurt, who is Contracts Coordinator for Solmaz Ltd, comments on the project: “It was an honour to work with the Stonehaven Group on this prestigious project. The fact that it was used as the first office for the Suffragettes movement gave the project extra impetus.”


On working with SDS, Faruz comments: “A project of this nature demands that you use the very best suppliers and SDS is very much this, when it comes to ironmongery. Their range of products, knowledge and customer service can’t be matched. They played an integral role in ensuring the development was a success.”

SDS London Ltd, which has been in business for over thirty years, supply hardware to the retail and trade sectors, and is headquartered in Wimbledon, London – with a showroom in Battersea.


The company posted revenues of £7 million in its last financial year and boasts over 10,000 product lines; recently adding the Rocky Mountain, Oliver Knights and Groël brands to its portfolio.


Simon Ayers, who is SDS’s Sales Director, comments: “The Bedford Street development is another project that we can be proud of. The team worked hard to meet the specifications and timescales and we look forward to working with Faruk and his team on more projects going forward.”