Building Tour: Royal College of Pathologists with Bennetts Associates

Take a tour of the Bennetts Associates' new headquarters for the Royal College of Pathologists in Aldgate


11:00am, Saturday, 14 December 2019


12:30pm, Saturday, 14 December 2019

Tour Guides:

Simon Erridge


Duration: 1.5 hrs

Time: 11am - 12:30pm

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: TBC

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The new London headquarters for the Royal College of Pathologists is a flexible, environmentally efficient building. It will enable the College to continue to represent its growing international membership, advance its valuable research and provide public education services and programming.

Located in the rapidly-changing area of Aldgate on the city’s eastern fringes, the seven-storey building replaces an existing office block and represents the final phase in the College’s relocation from its former home in the West End.

The design of the facades reflects the many uses contained within the building which include major conference and meeting rooms, offices and overnight accommodation for members. Externally, this 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.

Internally, the many types of spaces are unified by the use of exposed coffered concrete slabs throughout. With their integrated lighting, they give a strong visual character to the virtually column-free floors, and form a key part of the building’s passive cooling strategy. Set-backs on first, third and fourth floors create connecting double and triple-height volumes inside the building and allow daylight to penetrate deep into the site.

This is Bennetts Associates’ third and largest project for the Royal College of Pathologists, over 20 years after the practice worked on the refurbishment of its previous HQ, Two Carlton House Terrace.


Simon Erridge

Simon has been at Bennetts Associates for over twenty years. His diverse workload has included some of the practice’s most significant projects such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Hampstead Theatre as well as pioneering sustainable headquarters buildings for John Menzies and BT. Recently completed projects include an award-winning extension to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London and the eagerly-anticipated Storyhouse, a new cultural centre in Chester. Simon and his team are currently on site with a new London headquarters for the Royal College of Pathologists. Masterplanning projects include a major site in the centre of Manchester, and a mixed-use scheme in Camden, London. Also on the drawing board are projects for The Old Vic Theatre, London and Canford School, Dorset, both of which involve significant listed buildings. Despite his extensive theatre and historic buildings experience Simon consciously avoids specialisation and enjoys sharing approaches and experience across project types and clients. He is a regular contributor to events and publications and is a Trustee Director of the Bennetts Associates Employee Ownership Trust.