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RIBA reveals shortlisted practices to lead HQ refurbishment

We have announced a shortlist of seven teams to lead and advise on the essential refurbishment and modernisation of 66 Portland Place, London.

02 March 2022

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced a shortlist of seven teams to lead and advise on the essential refurbishment and modernisation of 66 Portland Place, London.

Expressions of Interest were sought from RIBA Chartered Practices to help develop a brief, including design options and budget proposals to create a fully accessible and sustainable building. The winning team is expected to lead the project and co-ordinate the design team appointed to deliver the refurbishment.

This programme of work forms part of the RIBA’s House of Architecture initiative to inspire members, professionals, students and the public through physical and virtual debate, discussion, learning and exhibitions. This programme includes the imminent launch of a new online Member Hub to connect RIBA’s global membership.

The shortlisted practices are:

  • Benedetti Architects
  • David Kohn Architects
  • Donald Insall Associates, Freehaus and IDK
  • Feix&Merlin with Haptic Architects & Heritage Architecture
  • Hall McKnight
  • Hugh Broughton Architects
  • Roz Barr Architects

RIBA President Simon Allford said:

“Our vision for RIBA’s House of Architecture is to create opportunities for virtual and physical interaction and inspiration – and 66 Portland Place is a key destination in this programme. The building is both impressive and an important asset, but it requires essential modernisation to ensure it is fully accessible, fit for the future and an exemplar of sustainable retrofit. The terms of our lease make the building our long-term home, and it is vital that we get it into the best shape for all members, visitors and clients, for years to come.

The panel and I were delighted with the quality and passion evidenced in the first stage of the selection process – congratulations to all shortlisted teams. We look forward to seeing more detailed proposals and – in due course – giving the building a new lease of life.”

Each shortlisted team will receive £5,000 +VAT to produce their report, addressing points such as approach, EDI, sustainability strategy and methodology, as part of the second competitive interview phase.

Once initial work is complete, design and funding options will be fully considered by the RIBA Board for decision. Work is unlikely to take place until late 2023.


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  2. The judging panel comprised: Simon Allford, RIBA President; Simone de Gale, RIBA Board Member and Honorary Treasurer; Liam McConnell, RIBA Head of Estates & Facilities; Murray Orr, RIBA Board Member (Business & Enterprise); Jack Pringle, RIBA Board Chair; Neal Shasore, Chief Executive/Head of School at The London School of Architecture; MaryAnne Stevens, RIBA Board Member (Heritage); Alan Vallance, RIBA Chief Executive and Sarah Williams, RIBA Architect Adviser.
  3. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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