Monsoon Building, London, Architect, Photo, Westway, Project, Design, Picture
The Battleship London: Architecture Information, England, UK – orig. by Paul Hamilton
2 Sep 2010
‘The Battleship‘, Westway Flyover, Paddington
Design: Paul Hamilton – Bicknell and Hamilton Architects
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Original project commissioned by British Rail
Former British Rail Maintenance Depot, Paddington
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.
Monsoon Building in London – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris project page