Studio Downie LLP

Venezuelan Embassy

Fairhurst Ward Abbotts

Scope & Products:

  • Circa £250k Design, Manufacture & Installation
  • External – Structurally Glazed Curtain Wall Lift Shaft across 5 levels in to basement
  • 60:0 Internal Fire Rated Doors and Screens
  • 60:0 Fire Rated Curtain Wall to Basement


  • All material had to be crane lifted over the building as the rear of the building is completely enclosed with no access
  • Complex geometric shape with recessed returns
  • Very limited space and working area.
  • 3D modelling of the structure to ensure that interfaces with structural steel worked.
  • Complex interfacing details to current structure and where the curtain and steel work run through in the basement and sub-basement level


Miranda House was the London home of Francisco de Miranda (1750 – 1816) the soldier, writer, traveller and hero of the South American struggle for independence. The front of the Grade II* listed house was transformed into a public museum and a cultural centre, conserving the fabric and ambience of a typical Georgian family house. At the rear of the house is a contemporary glass design and extension built to the highest specification and standard to compliment the period house.

FWA undertook extensive refurbishment and restoration of the building. Propak were appointed to design, manufacture and install all the internal fire rated partitioning and glazed doors along with the structurally glazed lift shaft curtain wall.

The lift shaft was designed in 3D model by Propak as the structural steels were not in place when the manufacturing needed to commence. The project was behind programme before we started onsite, Propak helped to accelerate the project by building a 3D model and integrating it into the steel workers model to ensure that all interfacing, brackets and fixing would work prior to commencing on site. This enabled us to start manufacture far sooner and helped us develop drill-jigs so that all steels could be pre-drilled and much time saved in installation.

This project really demonstrated Propak’s excellence with its 120+ skilled workforce and the very latest technology we managed to catch up valuable time for this project and deliver results that Francisco de Miranda would have been proud of!

Miranda House Steel Curtain Wall




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