The Royal Society

The Royal Society

RIBA Conservation Commendation 2004

shortlisted - riba award for architecture


The refurbishment and reorganisation of The Royal Society’s buildings made better use of a unique set of Grade I listed, John Nash-designed buildings by providing a coherent, high profile architectural setting for the Society’s activities. The project also provided an opportunity to highlight a piece of London’s architectural heritage. The completed development provides additional facilities for exhibitions, scientific meetings, seminars, media events and video conferencing. A key intervention was the creation of a new atrium in a former light well on the upper levels as a focus to the new offices, which optimises the use of space within the envelope of the Grade I listed terrace.


The Society values its professional relationship with Burrell Foley Fischer [as] they continue to provide innovative and modern concepts, whilst offering sound advice to protect the historic nature of our buildings.
— Linda Alexander, Head of Facilities

The project was carried out under a logistically complex phased contract, allowing the Society’s programme of conferences and scientific meetings to continue, and ensuring continued access for Fellows to the reference library. Subsequently, Burrell Foley Fischer have continued to act as the Society’s architects for subsequent phases, including the refurbishment of the Wellcome Trust Lecture Theatre, the Dining Room, the Catering Kitchen and the Society’s library, to create the Centre for the History of Science.