Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise HubLondon
“This has been a brilliant, exciting project from beginning to end - from the inspirational ideas of our architects, Wright and Wright, through to delivery by an outstanding project team on time and within budget. We are truly excited to have such a wonderful new space available to us.” Philip Greenish, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering
A central Hub that acts as a foyer and meeting point is the focal point of the project. It is a space that encourages flexible working, and is essential to the interchanges between the young engineering entrepreneurs and the experienced fellows of the Academy they are partnered with.
Smaller meeting rooms of varying sizes occupy the extents of the restored vaults. Having been meticulously revived, these meeting rooms are clustered around a break-out space with a hot desk area for working, which also connects to the adjacent courtyards.
Space that was closed off within the storey-high ceiling voids have been fully returned, exposing the original height of the rooms. The unveiling of these double-height spaces has greatly improved access and connections between the two properties as well as resolving long-standing logistical problems and areas in urgent need of repair. A new connecting corridor has been cut with precision through the mezzanine floor brick vaults, forming a direct link between the buildings.
Another integral component of the project is a new commercial kitchen. The academy has an extensive programme of events and catering that are accommodated on the grand rooms on the upper floors. The project has improved lift access to all floors and opened up for new models of flexible and innovative catering possibilities.
In order to highlight the sculptural qualities of the restored vaulted spaces, a restrained material palette has been used throughout the project. Detailed oak screens line each meeting room, giving a warm and a tactile quality to the spaces as well as containing additional services, AV screens and storage.