Royal Academy

We were structural engineers for David Chipperfield Architect’s scheme to unite the RA’s two buildings on Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens, and to refurbish 6 Burlington Gardens. The works were completed, to great acclaim, to mark the RA’s 250th anniversary in 2018.

The RA has occupied Burlington House, a Grade II* listed building on Piccadilly, since 1867. In 2001, it acquired 6 Burlington Gardens, the Grade II* listed building behind Burlington House.

The scheme set out firstly to link the two buildings together as a single complex. This was achieved with the construction of a new exposed reinforced concrete bridge and the opening up of previously back of house areas in the basement of Burlington House.

As part of the full refurbishment of 6 Burlington Gardens, a lecture theatre was reintroduced (the original 1860s’ lecture theatre was removed in 1919), two new extensions were added to the rear, additional accommodation and plant space was provided, and much needed improvements were made to the circulation between floors.