London, and Camden specifically, was our first home. Max set up the practice from his house in 1966, moving into The Rotunda in 1984, where we have happily stayed ever since.


The Rotunda
42-43 Gloucester Crescent
London NW1 7PE

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+44 (0)20 7267 5161

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An exterior shot of The Rotunda, the Max Fordham London office

Our London office

Our London office is the oldest and the largest in the practice. The office accommodates over 150 of our people, including MEP, digital design, and acoustic engineers, Passivhaus and Sustainability consultants, lighting designers, and the bulk of our Finance, Legal, Comms, HR, Facilities, and IT teams.

Our teams collaborate across all our offices to work on projects all over the UK and worldwide. All our offices are open plan, operate hotdesking seating arrangements, and encourage everyone to mix and get to know each other.

We have worked on many of the most prestigious buildings in the city, including Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, the Southbank Centre, as well as important social housing and sustainability exemplars such as Agar Grove Estate and Max's own house.

The London office also houses our SoundSpace, a full 3D acoustic studio that allows a listener to be immersed in the sounds of existing or planned buildings. We also have "42", our common area for lunch, tea breaks and office-based social events.

Nearby, there are hundreds of great facilities, including Camden Food Market, numerous cafes and music venues, picturesque Primrose Hill, and the expansive Regent's Park, where we play softball in the summer.

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The Rotunda building


Built in 1852 as a piano factory for Collard & Collard, this Grade II-listed building has been our London home since 1984. Designed as an icosikaidigon, The Rotunda has 22 sides and is flooded with daylight and naturally ventilated.

A central spiral staircase, previously a pulley-system for the movement of piano parts, encourages active movement between floors and incidental conversations.

In 1989, we successfully applied for Listed Status to protect the building and its unique character for future generations.

Creating a sustainable office

Working with our landlord and English Heritage, we have made significant sensitive improvements to the building to minimise energy use and maximise comfort. These improvements include retrofitting photovoltaic panels on the roof and installing secondary glazing and additional insulation.

The artificial lighting scheme, designed by our lighting specialists, supplements daylight to provide a comfortable working environment focused on wellbeing.

Our London office was one of the first in the industry to have a green lease, all our offices have their own energy champion to monitor and reduce energy consumption, and we fill our internal spaces with greenery and plants to increase the connection to nature.  

Sustainable travel

Most people who work in our offices travel on foot, by bike, or on public transport. These are the most sustainable ways to get around. We hope this will encourage all of our visitors to also travel to our offices in the most sustainable way possible.

The office is a five-minute walk from Camden Town tube station (Northern Line), Camden Road (Overground), and several local bus routes.

If you are cycling, we can provide access to the secure landlord area or our own bike shed to store your bike while you visit our office.

Accessibility information

Our office is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of The Rotunda.

A lift is accessible from the rear car park and provides step-free access to all floors. We have an accessible toilet and shower on our 1st floor.

2024 RIBA National Award National Portrait Gallery
2023 RIBA National Award Agar Grove Estate
2023 RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing A House for Artists
2021 New London Architecture Award Ibstock Place School Education
2019 RIBA London Award Max Fordham House Sustainability Prize