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we started looking at structure and load and slabs, which are the first of their kind in terms of concrete framework, which is the reason for its listing.


Client: Westerland Real Estate Architect: Collado Collins Structural engineer: Campbell Reith

M&E/ sustainability engineer: Hilson Moran

Planning consultant: Jon Dingle Consulting employer’s agent: RISE Management Consulting Cost consultant: Alinea Main contractor: McLaren Construction Roofing contractor: Seele Heritage Windows: Crittal M&E support systems: Fixmart Raised flooring: Floorplan Systems Gas infrastructure: Squire Energy Stainless steel street planters: IOTA Interior design:

Franklin Design Associates Screeding works:

Floor Screeding Company Planning authority:

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

“This technique had not previously been used in the UK and we found a lot of honeycombing had occurred along the edges of columns and had to re-inject them and do some work to the slabs,” she adds. “Some columns were replaced like for

like, but it was in pretty good condition and did not need any new columns to support the roof.”

Collado Collins reinstated the floor and retained the ceilings and timber panelling. The smaller core was removed and what had been a loading bay at the rear of the building was partially incorporated into the structure, retaining some of the original features but now serving as both a conser- vatory that is an extension of the office space and an outdoor gym.

“Dunnhumby got involved very early on and we managed to incorporate a lot of their variations, such as a new atrium space at the back, as they wanted to retain the very industrial character,” she says, adding that “their philosophy is that staff ‘hot desk’ and can work anywhere – I think everybody has their favourite corner of the building”. One staircase connects all floors, and there are four lifts and toilet facilities within the core.

The building being listed also meant that little could be changed on the building’s exterior. The brickwork was simply cleaned but otherwise left undisturbed.


The windows were still the original ones which had been supplied by manufacturer Crittal. The frames had been painted white but proved to have originally been Buckingham green. “We contacted Crittal to see what we could do and they said it would make more sense with sustainability issues and the building becoming an office space to replace them, so we got Crittal windows which were an exact match for the origi- nals,” says Tiedemann.

“The council was happy to discuss colours and we went for a more industrial feel with dark grey,” she adds. There is clearly a limit as to how much the sustainability features expected in a new building can be incorporated into a century-old listed one, although Tiedemann says there are elements of water retention with an attenuation tank, and there are measures to limit energy consumption – for example lights will turn off if no-one is present. 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road has won the Hammersmith Society’s environment award and has been highly commended by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It has also been shortlisted for awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Council of Offices.

A century after wartime stringency deprived the building of its intended top, 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road has finally reached its full height – even if the original designers might not recognise it. 


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