Work has commenced on the remodelling and refurbishment of the historic British Embassy in Paris to designs by Weston Williamson + Partners.
The project for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office involves structural alterations, internal remodelling and redecoration throughout the building on the Rue du Faubourg St Honore, which has been the official residence of the British Ambassador since 1814.
The designs offer a variety of flexible light spaces, a mixture of open plan offices together with good quality meeting rooms. A new elegant and spacious entrance makes excellent use of natural light and existing features to provide a warm welcome for all the building’s users.
Project architect Michelle Barrett says:
“We are delighted to be involved in the next chapter of this beautiful building’s history, on one of Paris’ most famous streets. We have carefully considered all the heritage, security and office requirements and created inspirational interiors in keeping with such a significant UK government building. The project builds on experience of our workplace and interior architecture team in the UK, adapting existing buildings to accommodate the changing needs of the working environment.”
Construction work is being carried out in phases by contractor Gilbert-Ash in order for the embassy to remain operational at all times, and is expected to take 30 months.