Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Union Street

Structural Designer

Integral Engineering Design

Client Name

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Location

London, UK

ARCHITECT
Bennetts Associates

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
8Build

PROJECT MANAGER AND QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Burke Hunter Adams

M&E ENGINEER
KJ Tait 

ATRIUM AND STAIR STEELWORK FABRICATOR
Littlehampton Welding 

FORMAT ENGINEERS
Littlehampton Welding's Structural Engineer Images: © 1&2 - Integral Engineering, 3 - Jade Chau & Matt Beaumont for Bennetts Associates

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A refurbishment project to link two existing structures allowing them to function as a single entity. A highlight is the staircase that has become a sculptural feature of the new glazed atrium space. The project used a combination of light touch engineering to the existing buildings and a bold insertion to tie them together. It created a characterful new space in a sustainable way.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

This refurbishment project united two existing structures, a Victorian hop warehouse and a 1980s office block primarily through the addition of a new atrium and staircase. 

The new stair needed to address the differing levels of each building and provide a link between them. A number of geometries were investigated and a helical stair form was adopted with landing arms that connected back to each building.  

The creative stair design integrated very well into the existing structures and transforms the buildings, creating a new space in a sustainable way.

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