The Home Office, Marsham Street

Terry Farrell and Partners, London, 2005


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View from Marsham Street 

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  • View from Marsham Street    
  • Offices layered around an atrium    
  • Close up view of coloured glass facade     
  • View from interior    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • 2nd floor plan    
  • 6th floor plan    
  •  Long Section    
  • Ariel view of former Department of Environment building on site    
  • View from street of former Department of Environment Building    
  • Sketch showing area of landscaping    
  • Analytical sketch showing former Department of Environment on site    
  • Analytical sketch    
  • Ariel view sketch showing building organisation    
  • Detail section through eaves canopy and louvre panels    
  • Cut-away perspective sketch of facade    

Headquarters for the Home Office in central London, situated on the site of the former 1960s Department of Environment building

The principle objective of the masterplan was to integrate a large government office building with public spaces orientated towards the street in order to maximise accessibility.

Three areas of ‘pocket parks’ create additional external space and views for office workers. A naturally lit internal ‘street’ runs the length of the three buildings and has shared resource activities – library, quiet rooms, café, print shop, access to pocket parks and reception.

This organising central axis provides a general meeting place for office workers, aiding good working practices. The scheme provides a flexible and cost-effective headquarters building and aims to foster a diverse new community-orientated district.


  • Begun: Mar 2002
  • Completed: Jan 2005
  • Floor area: 71m2
  • Sectors: Civic, Office
  • Total cost: £311M
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Mar 2002
  • Procurement: PFI
  • Address: 2 Marsham Street, Westminister, London, SW1P 4DF, United Kingdom

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