TQ2681 : The Rotunda & The Battleship Building, Paddington

taken 10 years ago, near to Paddington, Westminster, Great Britain

The Rotunda & The Battleship Building, Paddington
The Rotunda & The Battleship Building, Paddington
The Rotunda, in the foreground, is the European Design Centre for Nissan. It was designed in 1968 by Paul Hamilton as a road vehicle maintenance depot for British Rail. The same architect designed the Battleship Building, seen beyond with mosaic-clad concrete tower. In the background is 2 Kingdom Street, part of the new Paddington Central development. View from canal towpath.

Battleship Building, Paddington Central

This was built in 1968-9 as a Paddington Maintenance Depot for British Rail. It was also known then as "The Canal House" but became known as the Battleship Building because of its shape. It was designed by Paul Hamilton, who had to fit it into a site constrained by the elevated Westway, the Harrow Road and the railways. The central spiral staircase in art deco style is a significant feature. It won awards including the Concrete Award 1969. Parts of the inside and outside use mosaic tile cladding on the concrete, It fell into disrepair in the 1990s and was used for raves. It was refurbished as an office building in 2000 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, and was Royal Fine Arts Commission trust Awards building of the year in 2002. It then became the headquarters of Monsoon Accessorize. In 2011 BDSP Partnership moved in. The ground and mezzanine floors were refurbished by the architect Giles Bruce - who showed visitors around for London Open House 2011.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2626 8170 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.2069N 0:10.8961W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2631 8175
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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