Monsoon Building, London

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Monsoon Building

The Battleship London: Architecture Information, England, UK – orig. by Paul Hamilton

2 Sep 2010

Monsoon Building

The Battleship‘, Westway Flyover, Paddington
1968-69
Design: Paul Hamilton – Bicknell and Hamilton Architects

2000 (refurbishment)
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Battleship Building Battleship Building London
photograph © Tim Soar

Original project commissioned by British Rail

Former British Rail Maintenance Depot, Paddington

Style: Modern

Images from Aug 2009:
The Battleship Building London Battleship Building Paddington Battleship Building Westway Monsoon Building London
photographs © Nick Weall

Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust Award 2002

Refurbishment Cost: £10m

This project involved the refurbishment of the previous British Rail Headquarters buildings sited beside the eastbound carriageway of the A40 Westway in Paddington. Originally designed by Bicknell & Hamilton the buildings were completed in 1969 and Grade II* Listed in the early 1990s after a successful campaign to prevent their demolition. The buildings were derelict for many years often used for illegal raves but to many travellers on the Westway they remained a modernist icon.

The job was won through competitive interview with the clients Wymore (building owner) and Monsoon Accessorize (tenant) in January 2000. Wymore’s brief was to completely refurbish both buildings to allow flexible tenancies to exist in the future. Monsoon Accessorize, the single let tenant for 179 Harrow Road, required a fit-out to accommodate new office headquarter facilities which would reunite their existing 2 offices spilt between Ladbroke Grove and Perivale.

179 Harrow Road has been completely refurbished, brought back to life and given new purpose as the bright, contemporary and unusual new working space for the 200-plus Monsoon Accessorize head office staff. The building provides 3,000m² of primarily open plan office space with the use of chilled beams for air conditioning/heating and lighting fixed to high level exposed concrete soffits. A staff restaurant resides on the 4th floor almost within touching distance of the Westway.
Source: AHMM

Monsoon Building in London – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris project page

Monsoon Building, seen through Westway
Monsoon Building
picture © Adrian Welch


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