His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the new International Headquarters of The Institution of Structural Engineers in Bastwick Street, London on 14 May. The evening event saw leading figures from the construction industry and Islington area join Institution members to enjoy drinks, canapés, and a presentation about the exciting future plans of the world’s largest membership body of structural engineers.
The new headquarters building, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and Expedition Engineering, has seen an inconspicuous four-storey 1960s office building transformed into a modern, thriving workplace, celebrating a spirit of collaboration between architect, engineer and client.
The new building will much enhance the Institution’s role within the professional engineering community, providing a brand-new, highly adaptable public conference centre in the heart of London; a place for the professional membership to meet, study and work; a new library with over 62000 books, magazines and journals; and flexible workspaces for the Institution’s 55 permanent staff. Brand new webcasting facilities will also help to improve the Institution’s connectivity with its global membership of 27,000 structural engineers.
Reflecting its role as the international ‘home of structural engineering’, the building also showcases innovative structural design, the reception and foyer exhibition space featuring the four principal building materials for creating structures: timber, glass, steel and concrete:
- A glass-fronted entrance and reception space
- A finely-detailed, horizontal cantilevered staircase in precast concrete and steel
- An exposed, in-situ concrete wall
- The textural grain of Douglas Fir imprinted into the concrete wall surface
The Duke, an architect and Honorary Fellow of the Institution, unveiled an engraved plaque to mark the occasion, before touring the new facilities with Institution Chief Executive, Martin Powell, and Institution President, Tim Ibell.
Martin Powell, Chief Executive of The Institution of Structural Engineers, said:
“We are delighted to see Bastwick Street officially opened tonight. Our new home offers a leap forward for the Institution and our members, and provides a great advertisement for the structural engineering profession.”
“We have created a modern workplace, delivering pragmatic and responsible sustainability solutions wherever possible – while also celebrating structural design. The result is a new home which delivers better operations, while never forgetting the philosophy and values that have always underpinned our work.”
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