Project: Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London

Client: Merlin Attractions Operations

Commissioned in 1884 by Madame Tussauds grandson (Joseph Randall), this landmark building contains offices and workshops on the upper floors and exhibition and retail units on the ground floor fronting Marylebone Road. Madame Tussauds remained open for business during the works. The Victorian façade is comprised primarily of brickwork with stucco dressings and mouldings.

Barwin undertook the refurbishment of this building with the aid and support of the Madame Tussauds in-house maintenance team, which included specialist decoration and cleaning, paint stripping and brick/stone repairs, roofing and internal repairs.

Scope of works:

Phase one: external restoration of the front façade.

Phase two: roofing repairs to stop historical leaks in the building and improve the longevity of the roofs.

Phase three: new store room – joinery, plumbing, stud walls, new ceilings and fireproofing works.

Phase four: internal works in the Glitter ball area. Redesign of main display area including structural repair works to ceiling, stud walls, decorating, false flooring and fire proofing.


  • Deep strip paint softener and DOFF system to remove paint from the external facade
  • Stone repairs using Keim stone repair mortar
  • Redecoration using Keim mineral paints
  • Roofing using Sika liquid plastics Decothene roofing coatings to selected roofs, zinc flashing & lead cladding.
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