Macmillan House, Platform 1, London Paddington station

Type: Refurbishment and fit-out

Duration: 39 weeks

Value: £4m

Challenging transformation of Grade I listed premises for Network Rail restores building’s original character.

We undertook a complete strip-out and refurbishment of the imposing Grade I listed Macmillan House, located on Platform 1 of London Paddington station. After taking the building back to its original fabric, we carried out a full refurbishment to restore the character and detailing of the 1850s-built structure.

Working within the stringent parameters of Network Rail on-site, and Crossrail around the site, threw up several logistical challenges. These were successfully managed through regular communication and clearly defined schedules to ensure the smooth progression of the extensive work programme.

Existing ceilings – some more than 5m in height – were reinstated, and extensive repairs to some of the original ornate plasterwork were undertaken. Alterations were carried out to the main staircase and a new lift was installed. Other work included raised access flooring and secondary glazing throughout, with new partitioning and doors designating the new layouts within the four-storey building.

Specialist works included stone cleaning, renovation of the staircase, removal of all lead paint finishes, and the removal of a structural chimney.

Mechanical and electrical works were extensive and varied dependent on the character of each respective area. The project team carefully designed a discreet M&E services installation in feature areas of the building, whilst elsewhere, exposed services systems were employed – all carefully designed and coordinated in conjunction with the building structure.

The updated building is a sensational and contemporary facility within a historic Brunel-designed setting, providing flexible working space including meeting and conference rooms, lounges, kitchens, focus rooms and telephone booths.