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RIBA rethinks the future of 66 Portland Place

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The RIBA is on the hunt for a client advisor to rethink the masterplan of its headquarters at 66 Portland Place

The institute has invited accredited RIBA client advisors to submit expressions of interest for the strategic review of options for the future use of its headquarters.

It said it wanted to approach the project with an ‘open mind’ so that it could create a new vision based on ‘real insight’ and ‘deep understanding’.

Speaking about the project at last week’s council meeting, RIBA president Jane Duncan, said: ‘The first step of the project is to define a coherent masterplan for the development of Portland Place.’

She added: ‘It is a landmark building and needs to be approached with care. We need to get the future of this building right.’

The chosen client advisor will be asked to propose a consultation process for the project which is expected to take a number of years to complete.

The work will pave the way for the appointment of an architect to develop the masterplan.

A shortlist of up to five client advisors will be drawn up and interviewed before a winner is revealed at the beginning of November.

The strategic review is set to be completed in February 2016 with the results presented to RIBA council in March.

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  • Just remember that the members shouldn't be made to feel like second class citizens in their own building because of it being used for corporate events.

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  • ELIZABETH FRENCHMAN

    Don't touch the library please!

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  • Chris Rogers

    Bit late having already fiddled with the ground floor yet again in the last two years.

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  • Stuart Little

    A wonderful building, spent many hours studying there as a student. Please do not loose those wonderful interiors. Corporate entertainment facility yes, and what about centre of excellence training facility.

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  • Wil an architect be employed to carry out the design? Or a non-architect? Anybody is allowed to design buildings in the UK. The ARB even state that they "cannot differentiate between the work of an architect and a non-architect".

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