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Hugh Broughton wins planning for £2.7m ISE HQ

Hugh Broughton Architects has won planning for a refurbishment in Clerkenwell, providing a new headquarters for the Institute of Structural Engineers

The 1,600m² building will feature a double height reception space with a cantilevered stair, a mezzanine-level bridge, and exhibition spaces.

Exhibition and meeting spaces will be located on either side of the atrium space. The building will also contain a library, business centre and staff offices.

Based in London’s Belgravia since 1926, the institution is relocating to the creative district of Clerkenwell.

Martin Powell, chief executive of The Institution of Structural Engineers said: ‘Leaving a home that has served the Institution so well for approaching 80 years is a hugely exciting prospect.

‘Finding a building on which we could make our mark, an altogether different challenge. Bastwick Street offers us a great opportunity to showcase structural engineering as we seek to create the necessary space that combines the need for both public access and staff accommodation.

‘We have assembled an exceptionally talented team to support our development plans and to help us create a building that will serve a worldwide structural engineering community well for many years to come.’

The project is set to complete later this year.

Hugh Broughton Architects won the 2013 AJ Retrofit of the Year Award for their refurbishment of Maidstone Museum.

The architect’s view

‘The stair and bridge have been designed in collaboration with Expedition Engineering to demonstrate a series of structural principles. The steel, ferrocement and glass stair is a contemporary re-interpretation of the traditional cantilever stair, where each tread takes structural support from the one below with torsional support only provided by the adjacent wall. The bridge demonstrates principles of bending and shear.’

Hugh Broughton

Project data 

Location Clerkenwell, London
Client The Institution of Structural Engineers
Architect Hugh Broughton Architects
Project manager GVA Grimley
Structural engineer Expedition Engineering
Services engineer Thornton Reynolds
Acoustic engineer Ramboll Acoustics
Lighting design Sutton Vane
Quantity surveyor Wenham O’Brien
Approved inspector JM Partnership
Gross internal area 1,600m²
Project value £2.7 million

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