May Green Barge

Prue Freeman for British Land, London

The May Green barge, designed by Prue Freeman, houses a café-bar and visitor centre on the Grand Union canal in Paddington.  We worked closely with the client, alongside marketing and communications specialists Wardour, to realise their vision for the barge.  Our works included a feature bar front with resin and brass details, and brass display cases with integrated iPad storage. 

Bespoke brass cabinets were designed to display archival information and artefacts from historic Paddington.

3D renders allowed client feedback to inform our final design, before the production of detail design drawings for manufacture.

The brass units were brazed in our metal workshop and completed with a satin brush finish before being fitted with glass panels.  The Corian display surfaces contained LED channels to illuminate the interiors of the cases. 


The solid-lipped, oak veneer bar front featured resin and brass inlays.  Brass plaques, celebrating landmarks in the Paddington Basin area, were etched by our partners at Sign Industries.  Extensive sampling was undertaken in the studio to develop the final bar design – from the coloured resin finishes to the contoured detailing of the canal bed that was cut on our CNC machine.