The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Southwark, London

Integral Engineering Design provided the structural and civil engineering services for this refurbishment and connection of two existing buildings for The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) site at Union Street. The project involved linking the two buildings, a Victorian hop warehouse dating from 1853 and a 1980s office block, with a new atrium and staircase to allow them to function as a single entity. We adopted the design of a helical staircase to link the two buildings together as each has different floor levels. The emphasis of the design is sustainability and wellbeing. The staircase has become a sculptural feature of the new glazed atrium space which acts as both a new main entrance for the College and reception/events space. As well as teaching and office spaces there is a suite of conferencing facilities including a public cafe and a large 350 seat auditorium space.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists : Bennetts Associates : £6m
Photographer : 8Build

‘Integral were creative with the right degree of pragmatism in their approach to the engineering design of our redevelopment project in Union Street. It was a pleasure to work with such genuine people’
Fred Emden, Deputy Chief Executive

‘The design team delivered a perfect solution to our brief. Their work allowed us to transform the 1980s and Victorian buildings, link them together and have the space that we needed to deliver high-quality teaching, training, events, office, museum and library spaces. The new atrium is hugely impressive for visitors and our commercial meeting and events business picked up as soon as we reopened. The changes to the building make it a significant building, with great natural light and we have fantastic feedback from building users. The new building has created a centre for supporting the work of two Royal Colleges dedicated to women and children’s health.’
Quentin Padgett, Buildings Manager