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The Savill Building Windsor


The Savill Building in Windsor Great Park opened in June 2006 and is a visitor centre at the entrance to The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, Surrey. 

Since its construction in 2006, the building has always been popular with visitors to both the listed Savill Gardens and the adjacent Royal Parkland, but required modernisation. Watkins Payne were appointed by The Crown Estate to refurbish all the central plant, heating systems and lighting to the gridshell roof, together with the services associated with a new Benugo restaurant, revised entrance, stop and go retail point, gift shop, coffee shop, external staff facilities and additional public toilets.

Tasks included fault finding, tracing leaks and repair of cast in pipework, new domestic water services, new kitchen and toilet ventilation plant room buried within the external landscape, new electrical distribution and lighting.

Work was undertaken in phases, with planned shutdowns enabling the centre to remain open during busy horticultural and holiday events.


The building was shortlisted for the 2007 Stirling Prize.

The structural design won the IStructE Structural Awards Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence in 2007, in addition to the Award for Arts, Leisure or Entertainment Structures.

At the 2007 RIBA Awards it also won a RIBA Award and a RIBA National Award.

At the 2007 Wood Awards it won, a Gold Award, a Commercial and Public Access Award, and Structural Award.

Watkins Payne Services Provided:


20 St James’ Street, London

The building at 20 St James’ Street has been refurbished to offer 53,295ft² of high quality office accommodation, for which Watkins Payne supplied building services engineering, vertical transportation engineering, BREEAM duties and energy consultancy to achieve an BREEAM ‘Very Good’ and EPC B rating.

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Bumpstead Road Suffolk

Bumpstead Road Suffolk

The building is provided with natural ventilation and LTHW heating to the showroom and office areas, plus the toilets which also receive hot water from the same boiler installation.

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Coda Studio-Gym, Fulham

Coda Studio, located in Fulham’s Munster Road, contains 57 self-contained office units providing rentable accommodation for various types of small businesses. An 8,600ft² section of the existing car park was reallocated for the development of a gym, lounge and meeting area, for which Watkins Payne supplied building services engineering.

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