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Bennetts completes Royal College of Ophthalmologists revamp

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[FIRST LOOK] Bennetts Associates has transformed a former Victorian warehouse near Euston Station into a HQ for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The new headquarters building includes offices, a training suite, seminar rooms and a council room.

The practice restored the site’s existing 950m2 Victorian warehouse, cleaning its external brickwork and windows, while exposing the building’s internal structure of cast iron columns and timber ceiling beams.

The front of house has been opened up, creating a triple-height space with a feature staircase providing access to the HQ’s public areas. 

David Laing, studio director at Bennetts Associates said: ‘Through sensitive treatment of the existing warehouse we have tried to retain the character and intimate nature of the spaces whilst creating office, training suite and amenity spaces that suit the modern needs of the College.

‘We have also been able to build on our experience of designing for Medical Royal Colleges, including the Royal College of Pathologists, which we first worked on in 1994 and then again in 2008.’ 

Kathy Evans, chief executive of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, added: ‘The new offices are a lovely work environment for staff. And the new training suite, which incorporates the microsurgical skills centre has received wonderful comments from our consultants and trainees. 

‘Overall, the new location with its interior design and spacious work areas truly represent the future of ophthalmology as a vibrant and unique specialty.’

Project data

Location Euston, London
Type of project headquarters
Client Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Architect Bennetts Associates
Structural engineer Alan Baxter Associates
Services engineer E3
Cost consultant Jackson Coles
Project manager Jackson Coles
Contractor Knight Harwood
Completion date April 2015
Gross internal floor area 950m2

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