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Bennetts wins go-ahead for Royal College of Pathologists HQ

Royal College of Pathologists by Bennetts Associates
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Bennetts Associates has won planning for a new headquarters for the Royal College of Pathologists in Whitechapel, east London 


The scheme will replace an existing 1980s office building in Alie Street.

It features a double-height reception area, flexible office space, a library, meeting rooms and a 200-seat conference room.

On the sixth floor the building has been stepped back to create an open-plan pavilion providing views over central London.

Architect’s view

This is our third project for the Royal College of Pathologists and comes over 20 years after we worked on the refurbishment of its previous HQ, Two Carlton House Terrace. The new building will provide the college with flexible, environmentally efficient spaces that will allow it to continue to advance its valuable research and provide public education services and programming.

The building’s facade is expressed with brick piers and deep-set windows. Legibility is maintained in the facade by using concrete string courses at each floor level and by varying the scale of the brick piers at ground level to reflect the double-height entrance space that sits behind them. The sixth-floor pavilion is stepped back from the rest of the building and clad in zinc to clearly differentiate it from the floors below.

Project data 

Location Whitechapel, London
Type of project Office
Architect Bennetts Associates
Client Royal College of Pathologists
Project manager CBRE
Structural engineer Waterman Group
Cost consultant Equals Consulting
Acoustic consultant Sandy Brown Associates
Service engineer Troup, Bywaters and Anders
Sustainability target BREEAM Excellent

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