The Royal Academy of Engineering occupies the three lower flowers of 3 & 4 Carlton House Terrace in central London, part of a Grade I listed Georgian ensemble originally designed by John Nash and Decimus Burton.
This project involved a radical overhaul and remodelling of its premises into a pioneering centre for enterprise. The aim was to stimulate interaction and exchange of ideas between young graduate engineers and the Academy’s more established Engineering Fellows. The Hub can be used for events of up to 100 people and is considered important for future growth, with a key role in fostering social and intellectual connections between its members.
A thorough programme of research was undertaken to understand the history of change throughout different eras and formulate a compelling case for adaptation. The Academy stages an extensive programme of events and catering throughout the building and this required easy access for staff and equipment, as well as a high level of adaptability in terms of furniture and storage.
Developed through continuous dialogue with user groups and catering staff, the remodelling strategy respects the building’s historic qualities while planning for efficiency and flexibility.
It has been a brilliant, exciting project from beginning to end - from the inspirational ideas of Wright & Wright, through to delivery by an outstanding project team on time and within budget.
CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
Through an intensive, yet carefully phased programme of streamlining and rationalisation, the existing cramped interior and inefficient catering operation were transformed. The outcome is an elegant new series of spaces, used much more effectively, that brings the building back to life and redefines the identity of the RAE.
Despite the complexities of the scheme within a highly sensitive Grade I listed setting, planning and listed building consent were achieved at the first time of asking.