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Hawkins\Brown Receives Planning Permission for Royal College of Surgeons \

Our design for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) will create a world-class headquarters building, preserving historic architecture of the site and allowing the college to continue to take a leading role in the promotion of the field of surgery into the 21st century.

The approved plans deal sensitively with the existing Lincoln’s Inn frontage of the building, designed in the 18th century by Sir Charles Barry, restoring and celebrating the surviving historic fabric of the grade II * listed building. The southern part of the building, which was completely rebuilt in the 1950s after suffering catastrophic bomb damage during the Second World War, will be replaced with a building that meets 21st century standards of accommodation. 

The new building will be designed around a central atrium which will reveal the original back of Sir Charles Barry’s building.  A prestigious new entrance onto Portugal Street will allow greater access to the Hunterian Museum, which will be relocated to its pre-1950’s location on the ground floor; and to the RCS’ own collection, most of which will be displayed in the atrium and public spaces.

The new building will also include a Surgical Skills Centre, exams suite, an Anatomy & Pathology Study Centre, 3 floors of office space and a dedicated sixth-floor conference suite. We are working collaboratively with client advisor Almacantar, AECOM engineers, project managers Lendlease, cost consultants Artelia and the exhibition designers Campbell & Co Museum.

“The new Royal College of Surgeons at 41 Lincoln’s Inn Fields will provide an outward-facing headquarters that will refresh the way the College is able to engage with society. Our design celebrates both the past and future of the College, preserving and celebrating its extraordinary 19th century fabric. We will replace the tired post-war portion of the building with sensitively designed, high-quality facilities that will locate the Royal College of Surgeons at the heart of the healthcare debate in the 21st Century.”

Morag Morrison Partner, Hawkins\Brown  

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