City of London

Royal College of Surgeons

Material used

Material type Resin based terrazzo, Bespoke Terrazzo, cut to size
Project completion year 2022
Architect Hawkins Brown
Main Contractor TRI Contracting Services

The Royal College of Surgeons is a Grade II* listed building which has been completely transformed by the architects Hawkins\Brown. A new build extension at the rear together with a complete refurbishment has modernised the building both physically and culturally.

Public access to the building was a priority, with the full height of the central atrium accessible with a secure line to more private workspaces beyond. The barrel-vaulted glazed roof, suspended above the atrium, references the gallery roof of the pre-war Hunterian Museum halls. The In Opera terrazzo flooring recalls the diamond pattern configuration of the marble floor donated to the college in 1911 by Eliza MacLoghlin.

A feature stair criss-crosses the central atrium, visitors can travel through the building where the inner workings of the college, as well as a selection from its extensive collection of art and artefacts, are on display. The original stair case has been sympathetically clad with terrazzo to complement the flooring in the main atrium space. The space has been designed to bring everyone together and a 360 degree view of the art and artefacts.

The dedicated new entrance on Portugal Street is designed to support a significant programme of events and exhibitions to engage the public in the work of the college. The robust and attractive, In Opera terrazzo floor, combines the longevity of the materials as well as harmonising with the prestigious heritage of the building.

‘Our new home is a new beginning. The building is a showcase of surgery from our rich history through to our groundbreaking innovative surgical advancements. The retained front of the building exemplifies the prestigious heritage and the new atrium and spaces are indicative of the College’s forward-thinking approach and role in providing the best facilities and opportunities.’

Jackie Weller, Executive Director (Transform)/Deputy Chief Executive
Royal College of Surgeons, England