Royal College of Pathologists, East London Building Development, Education Architecture, Images
Royal College of Pathologists in East London
Alie Street Educational Facility, England, UK – design by Bennetts Associates
26 Feb 2019
Royal College of Pathologists
Architects: Bennetts Associates
Location: Alie Street, East London, UK
Bennetts Associates delivers new Royal College of Pathologists HQ, East London
The Royal College of Pathologists has relocated to a new building designed by Bennetts Associates. The completion of the 4,500 sqm building on Alie Street in East London marks the final step in the college’s move from a traditional Grade 1 listed building in St James to contemporary purpose-built premises. The design of the new building addresses the college’s mission to advance the science and practice of pathology and to better serve its membership.
The new building is designed to accommodate the college’s changing space requirements in the coming decades and help it meet its strategic development objectives, providing a multitude of flexible educational, workplace, social spaces and meeting and working areas for visiting members.
The generous and easily adaptable event spaces accommodate large conferences, dinners, receptions and exhibitions, helping the organisation to host guests from the UK and abroad. The move to 6 Alie Street also allows the College to market its conference and event facilities to external clients.
The new building uses materials and artefacts to reflect the character of the Royal College, with social areas, staff offices and education spaces that reference the college’s history and look to its future. As a key feature, the building’s sixth floor steps back, creating an open-plan pavilion with panoramic views over London.
The large double-height reception space can be used for hosting public exhibitions and events while the full height windows at ground floor level create transparency and a sense of openness.
Designed and built to last, the building features enduring and timeless materials: the meticulously crafted concrete frame unifies the building and integrates structure, services and lighting. The brickwork cladding, also present in the grand atria, stitches the spaces together. The structure features large spans and few columns for built-in flexibility, while a variety of materials and techniques add texture to the internal spaces. Board-marked concrete, coffered concrete soffits and waxed mild steel staircases are complemented by rich walnut timber panelling and perforated brick walls.
Environmental efficiency plays a key role in the design with exposed coffered concrete slabs used throughout the building to form part of the passive cooling strategy. By increasing the surface area of thermally active concrete, the architects have been able to significantly improve the environmental efficiency of the building. The HQ boasts excellent natural daylight provided by the large atrium that brings light into the deeper plan office spaces, and the core set to one side to provide optimum daylight penetration and flexibility for a site constrained by party walls on either side.
Rob Bearyman, Associate Director, Bennetts Associates, says, “It has been a pleasure to work with the college again in what is our most significant project for them. This has been one of those rare projects that has been truly collaborative from start to finish. The client, design team, main contractor and key subcontractors have all gone above the call of duty to produce what we believe is a very special building.”
Daniel Ross, Chief Executive, The Royal College of Pathologists, says “The move to Alie Street has been a significant project for the College and the building will be our administrative home for at least the next 50 years. It has been a pleasure to work with the team from Bennetts Associates throughout each phase, from concept to detail design to checking the progress of the construction against the plan. Their attention to detail, creativity and passion in their work is very much appreciated.”
Bennetts Associates has 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. Bennetts Associates also completed the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ headquarters in 2015 and is currently working on the new headquarters for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Royal College of Pathologists, East London – Building Information
Client: Royal College of Pathologists
Architect: Bennetts Associates
Project Managers: CBRE
Contractor: Gilbert Ash
Structural Engineers: Waterman Group
Cost Consultant: Equals Consulting
Acoustic Consultant: Sandy Brown Associates
Service Engineers: Troup, Bywaters and Anders
Lighting Consultant: Pritchard Themis
Fire Consultant: The Fire Surgery
Photography: Peter Cook
Royal College of Pathologists in East London images / information received 260219
Address: Alie Street, East London, UK
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