Carlton House Terrace project won listed building consent this summer

Wright & Wright has started work on a project to remodel the grade I-listed offices of the British Academy in central London.

The practice won listed building consent in June for the project which will increase the capacity of offices on two floors of the building at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace in St James’s.

The British Academy is a learned society focusing on the humanities and social sciences, with an international fellowship of around 1,300 academics.

The architect’s proposals will introduce small-scale contemporary interventions to improve connections between departments and address the need for more flexible ways of working during the covid-19 pandemic.

The British Academy, Whole Building Section. (c) Wright & Wright Architects

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Whole Building Section

As well as restoring historic features it will increase workstations by 25%, double meeting space and increase staff social spaces by 230%.

Stephen Smith, a partner at Wright & Wright Architects, said the project, which followed a feasibility study carried out by the practice in autumn 2019, would transform ways of working in the “wonderful grade I-listed setting”.

Construction began this month and is due to complete in October.

Project Team

Architect: Wright & Wright Architects

Client: The British Academy

QS: Quantem

Contractor: Russell Cawberry

Interiors: Wright & Wright Architects

Structural Engineer: Alan Baxters Ltd.

M&E Engineer: Skelly & Couch

Fire Engineer: Menzies & Partners