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Clockwork Building

A complete refurbishment in Ravenscourt Park, London



Hammersmith Reality


3,700 sqm






OAS Development Awards, Winner


The Clockwork Building is a complete refurbishment of an existing 3,700 sqm office building in Ravenscourt Park, London. The site was once home to the International Time Recording Company, a precursor to IBM, hence the project’s new name — ‘The Clockwork Building.’

This prominent building, visible adjacent to the A4 corridor into London, was originally designed by Richard Seifert in the 1970s. He was a famously successful office designer known as ‘The Colonel’ who designed more buildings in  London than Sir Christopher Wren.

The closer we looked at the building the more we realised that, while not very pretty to the modern eye, he’d done a fairly good job and we shouldn’t muck about with it too much. Mostly we just opened up the entrance and provided new access to some new roof terraces — which have fabulous views along the Thames into Central London.

There are plenty of architects who have run with the idea: ‘If in doubt — paint it black’ — which is what we opted for here. It turned out quite well, finishing on time and to budget and winning Best Refurbishment at the OAS Development Awards.

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