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RIBA seeks practice to lead London HQ redevelopment

RIBA is seeking Expressions of Interest from RIBA Chartered Practices for the design and planning of a comprehensive refurbishment of 66 Portland Place in London.

11 January 2022

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from RIBA Chartered Practices for the design and planning of a comprehensive refurbishment of 66 Portland Place in London.

The winning team will lead the project to deliver a fully accessible building that reflects the RIBA’s commitment to climate action whilst providing flexible facilities for members, staff and visitors.

As Lead Architect, the selected practice will help to develop design options, costs and feasibility for the full refurbishment of the building. It will be expected to manage the project, co-ordinate the design team members, and determine next steps of the strategic masterplan.

RIBA Chartered Practices are invited to submit their Expressions of Interest, outlining their approach, relevant skills, team roles, case studies and references by 2pm GMT on 1 February 2022.

The winning team will be selected from a shortlist of up to six, by a panel comprising: 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, Chair of the RIBA Board; MaryAnne Stevens, RIBA Board member (Heritage); Alan Vallance, RIBA Chief Executive and Sarah Williams, RIBA Architect Adviser. Each shortlisted team will receive £5,000 + VAT.

RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:

“This presents a great opportunity for a practice to join our team and play a key role in the transformation of 66 Portland Place into an accessible 21st century building, and an exemplar of re-use and sustainable design. The building will be a physical stage for our ‘House of Architecture’ concept – a space where members, visitors and RIBA colleagues can find inspiration, stimulation and make connections. I encourage all Chartered Practices to register interest, and help deliver us a rejuvenated home, fit for the present and the future.”

RIBA Architect Adviser, Sarah Williams, said:

“This is an exceptional opportunity to help facilitate RIBA’s aspirations for the masterplan and design of an exemplary refurbishment of its Grade II* listed building at 66 Portland Place. It’s critically important that we ensure its continuation, relevance and legacy for future generations and I very much look forward to being part of the process.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. Media contact: Emily.Stallard@riba.org
  2. 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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