Ashworth Centre and Library Extension - Lincoln's Inn Fields

Structural Designer

Eckersley O'Callaghan

Client Name

The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn Fields

Location

London, United Kingdom

ARCHITECT
MICA

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Graham Construction

M&E CONSULTANT
Mott Macdonald

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Gardiner & Theobald

CDM CO-ORDINATOR
Gardiner & Theobald

PLANNING CONSULTANT
Montagu Evans

ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT
Sandy Brown Associates

FIRE ENGINEER
Jeremy Gardner Associates

LANDSCAPE ARHITECT
Jeremy Rye Studio

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A major refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Great Hall and Library Building. The work included a 279m2 extension to the existing library building, which is separated by a glass link. Two cavernous basement spaces totalling 1859m2 were added and linked directly to the historic building via new subterranean apertures.
 

Submitted in 2021

Judge's comment:

The structural interventions carried out at Lincoln’s Inn Fields seamlessly weave two new buildings into the fabric of the original 1845 building. 

Although much of the engineering efforts were in the new construction of a basement and extension building, the most challenging aspects were related to the complexity at the junctions of the modification of the existing building, to make best use of the space and to create the connectivity required by the client. 

In these works, the engineers safeguarded the heritage and natural environment, taking time to painstakingly understand the buildings’ structural intricacies, resolve the structural interfaces, and making those junctions invisible whilst carefully monitoring the buildings throughout the works. 

The visible scale of the new buildings and finished project belies a significant feat of engineering below the ground and behind the scenes.

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