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nyone crossing Brook Green, a park in Hammersmith, west London, will be in close proximity to a radically refurbished listed building, but they may miss both the building and its key design feature unless they look closely. If they do notice the building, they may wonder why 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road looks rather squat – surely a building with such a large footprint should be taller? Look again. Although it is hidden from Brook Green by large trees, 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road has had a vast domed glass roof fitted, transforming what was a three storey building into a six storey one.


A ADF JANUARY 2018


184 Shepherd’s Bush Road was built in 1915-16 as a garage and showroom for the Ford Motor Company in the early days of car traffic.


It had been designed as a five-storey building but shortages of raw materials during the First World War meant it ended up with only three, providing 117,000 ft2


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The building was later used by Citroën as its UK distribution and sales centre and then by lighting firm Osram – which has left a small but significant legacy at the site – and most recently, as a self-storage facility. Westerland Real Estate, which owned it, wanted the building to have a more promi-


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