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Royal College of Physicians
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- Completed: 1964
- Sector: Education
- Address: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St. Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LE, United Kingdom
Modern home for a professional body on Regentâ€™s Park
The building was constructed after permission to demolished Nashâ€™s bomb damaged Someries House was given on the condition that a suitable building replaced it.
The College facade facing Regents Park is a modern take on the classical portico. The entrance leads through a foyer to a central staircase hall, which rises the full height of the building.
Over the foyer is the two-storey library, also used for meetings by Fellows of the College, which can accommodate up to 400 people. On the opposite side of the staircase is a dining room for 200, which has a reception room alongside it that overlooks St. Andrews Place. The two rooms are separated by a five ton, hydraulically powered moving wall which can be raised to create one room the full width of the building.
At the foot of the main staircase, facing south and projecting over a garden, is the Censorsâ€™s Room, traditionally the heart of the College.
The structure is constructed of reinforced concrete. The main roof is precast concrete slabs on steel castellated beams spanning across three rows of columns. The lecture hall roof is a steel pyramidal space frame. Baggeridge blue rustic facing bricks and blue paving bricks are used.