The British Academy

London

“The Academy is incredibly fortunate to call 10-11 Carlton House our home and it is a pleasure to work in such a beautiful and historic setting. That said, it has been a challenge to provide a work environment that enables collaboration, flexibility and growth while preserving and enhancing the building's historical features.Wright and Wright have not only risen to that challenge, with a thoughtful and elegant design, they have also thought carefully about how to provide spaces that will enable socially distanced working for as long as that will be required."

Graeme Appleby, British Academy Director of Resource 

Description

The upper staff areas at the British Academy’s Grade I listed home at 10 and 11 Carlton House Terrace were recently completed to accommodate recent staff growth, and to enhance the working environment to provide new and flexible ways of working post-pandemic. The project, involved reconsidering the Academy’s working culture to encourage greater staff collaboration through the introduction of new meeting spaces with varying characteristics. There are now places for informal and impromptu conversations; formal boardroom meeting rooms; one-to-one meeting rooms for teleconferencing or telephone calls; and creative places to aid collaborative working – which are equipped with new IT infrastructure and AV equipment. The existing historic architectural features of the John Nash townhouse were enhanced, and sympathetic architectural interventions were made to improve legibility and connectivity. 

This project is part of a wider masterplan strategy for the British Academy to unlock the potential within Carlton House Terrace. The proposed transformation of the lower levels will open up the physical and intellectual access to the British academy, enabling and facilitating new ways of thinking.