The Battleship Building

London. 2001

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2001
  • Cost: £10 Million
  • Clients: Monsoon Accessorize / Wymore

What is now known as the Battleship Building is in fact two distinct buildings – an office/workshop (the Battleship) and a vehicle depot (the Rotunda) – connected by the Westway gyratory. At the Battleship, the conversion from maintenance depot for British Rail into flexible workplace interweaves past, present and future to continue the building’s original long-life, loose-fit approach. The enigmatic grade II* listed landmark is transformed internally to reveal its heroic concrete volumes; a three-storey slate-floored atrium is carved out of the original slabs and a mezzanine floor inserted. Externally, the prominent funnels and Japanese mosaic cladding are restored to their former glory and new double and secondary glazed windows are added to Bicknell & Hamilton’s ribbon strips, preserving the extant fenestration grid and pattern while upgrading internal environmental control. The neighbouring Rotunda Building, a racetrack-shaped building defined by and sitting below the level of the Harrow Road roundabout, is stripped back to its shell, given a new roof and transformed into 4,000 square metres of office space for Nissan’s Design and Research Centre. The Battleship is multi-let; it was initially reinvented to become Monsoon/Accessorize’s headquarters, but the company’s subsequent growth led to their relocation a few years later into the AHMM-designed Yellow Building.

Awards

Royal Fine Arts Commission trust Awards: Building of the Year 2002

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Site Plan

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Basement Plan

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Lower Ground Floor Plan

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Upper Ground Floor Plan

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First Floor Plan

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Second Floor Plan

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Third Floor Plan

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Fourth, Fifth and Roof Floor Plans

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Mezzanine

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South and North Elevation

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