Project Description

This redevelopment project encompasses sensitive refurbishment and the integration of a new wing built into the historic facades of the Charles Barry Grade II* Listed building. The new design successfully adapted the existing historical facilities to fit 21st century education and modern, flexible ways of working.

Judge’s comments

An excellent example of conservation – taking using what's there and building on it. 

A detailed examination of historical records was undertaken alongside investigations on site to establish how much of the building was practicable to retain, repair and reuse. It was key for the main structural constraints to be identified in time to influence the initial architectural space planning. A detailed 3D point cloud survey allowed the historic building fabric to be captured in detail and brought into the BIM model environment. This enabled the existing fabric to be brought up to modern day standards, whilst respecting the sensitivities of a listed building, and understanding the complexities of its construction.

The key to the success of the project has been close collaboration between client, designers, and contractors. The project serves as a benchmark for how to approach the refurbishment of listed buildings.

Project overview

Structural Designer


Client Name

  • Royal College of Surgeons


  • London, UK


  • Hawkins-Brown

Principal Contractor

  • Wates

Key Contractors

  • AECOM – Full Engineering Service

    J Coffey – Refurbishment Contractor

    Getjar – Concrete Frame Contractor

    Keltbray – Piling Contractor

    Marble Mosaic – Facade Contractor

Year Submitted

  • 2022

Key attributes

  • People, Process