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Plans submitted for new gallery at RIBA HQ

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The RIBA has submitted plans for a new gallery, designed by Carmody Groarke, at its Portland Place headquarters in London

The ground-floor space will showcase models, photographs and drawings from the British Architectural Library, including works by Andrea Palladio, Mies van der Rohe, John Soane and Christopher Wren.

Working with listed building experts Julian Harrap, the practice saw off an impressive shortlist, which included Jonathan Hendry Architects, Serie Architects, David Kohn Architects and Hackett Hall McKnight to land the £185,000 project earlier this year.

RIBA president elect, Stephen Hodder said: ‘This is one of the most ambitious and exciting projects the RIBA has undertaken in recent years and fits in with our goal of bringing architecture to a wider audience.

‘Our new gallery will allow us to open more of our wonderful building to the public and attract new visitors to engage with architecture in a unique setting. I’m looking forward in the coming years to sharing our priceless collections in the surroundings of 66 Portland Place.’

No opening date has yet been set for the new gallery.

See the planning application and listed building consent application here.

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