Royal College of Pathologists HQ Building, London, Architect, Location, Alie St Development
Royal College of Pathologists Headquarters Building
HQ Building on Alie Street in Whitechapel, East London, UK – design by Bennetts Associates
16 Mar 2016
New Administrative Headquarters for the Royal College of Pathologists in London
Architect: Bennetts Associates
Bennetts Associates wins planning for its third project for the Royal College of Pathologists
Bennetts Associates’ new administrative headquarters for the Royal College of Pathologists has been
granted planning permission. Located on Alie Street in Whitechapel, Bennetts Associates’ design
replaces an existing 1980s office building and will become the new home for the College, enabling it
to realise its future objectives in advancing the science and the practice of pathology.
A double height reception area with an exposed, coffered concrete soffit provides a dramatic
entrance space for the building that will be used primarily by the College and potentially for a
number of external events. The ground to fifth floors comprise flexible office space, a library,
meeting rooms and a 200-seat conference room whilst also allowing the College space for future
expansion. On the sixth floor the building is stepped back, creating a flexible, open plan pavilion with
panoramic views over London.
The building’s façade is expressed with brick piers and deep-set windows. Legibility is maintained in
the façade by using concrete string courses at each floor level and by varying the scale of the brick
piers at ground level to reflect the double-height entrance space that sits behind them. The sixth
floor pavilion is stepped back from the rest of the building and clad in zinc to clearly differentiate it
from the floors below.
Simon Erridge, Director at Bennetts Associates, said:
“This is our third project for the Royal College of Pathologists and comes over 20
years after we worked on the refurbishment of its previous HQ, Two Carlton House
Terrace. The new building will provide the College with flexible, environmentallyefficient
spaces that will allow it to continue to advance its valuable research and
provide public education services and programming.”
In line with the College’s brief, the building is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The thermal
mass of the exposed concrete frame will be used to regulate heating and cooling, and the building
has been designed to ensure the basement slab of the existing building can be reused. On the south
elevation to North Tenter Street the shape and size of the brick piers has been manipulated to
provide solar shading, whilst controlling daylighting and views from the office spaces.
Bennetts Associates previously restored the Regency interiors of the College’s Carlton House Terrace
headquarters in 1993 and in 2003 completed a new education centre within the previously unused
basement. The practice also completed the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ headquarters in
Royal College of Pathologists HQ – Building Information
Client: Royal College of Pathologists
Architect: Bennetts Associates
Project Managers: CBRE
Structural Engineers: Waterman Group
Cost Consultant: Equals Consulting
Acoustic Consultant – Sandy Brown Associates
Service Engineers – Troup, Bywaters and Anders
About Bennetts Associates
Bennetts Associates is one of the UK’s leading architectural practices, with more than 140 awards for
a wide variety of projects.
The firm’s ethos is based on architecture that is timeless, humane and elegant. Its work is always
meticulously executed and has pioneered long-term sustainability across many sectors.
Projects undertaken by the practice cover have ranged from around £1m to £200m, including newbuild,
refurbishment and restoration of listed buildings. Bennetts Associates is responsible for many
prominent projects such as Hampstead Theatre, Edinburgh University’s Potterrow Development,
Jubilee Library in Brighton, the New Street Square Development in the City of London, the Gateway
Buildings at St Antony’s College in Oxford and the design of the Stirling Prize shortlisted
transformation of the Grade II listed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The London Borough of Camden’s new headquarters at King’s Cross, completed by Bennetts
Associates in 2014 won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building award at the 2015 BCI Awards.
Bennetts Associates is a founding member of the UKGBC and is especially well-regarded for its
pioneering work on sustainability. The practice is involved in research, conferences and government
committees associated with sustainability and the wider construction sector.
Twitter: @BennettsAssocs Website: www.bennettsassociates.com
Royal College of Pathologists Headquarters Building in Whitechapel image / information from Bennetts Associates
Location:Alie Street, Whitechapel, London, UK
photograph © Adrian Welch
Website: Royal College of Pathologists
Address: 21 Prescot St, 4th Floor, London E1 8BB
Phone: 020 7451 6700
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