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TQ 28783 82390



TQ2882SE ST ANDREW'S PLACE 798-1/92/1898 No.11 24/04/98 Royal College of Physicians


College. 1960-64, extended 1995-6 by Denys Lasdun and Partners. Pre-stressed concrete clad with very pale grey porcelain mosaic, in two different patterns, and dark blue engineering bricks. PLAN: `T'-shaped plan with offices facing Albany Street, the main entrance facing Regents Park and the garden facade to St Andrew's Place. The design concept is sculptural with the constituent parts of the college expressed both in form and materials. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and lower ground floor. Regents Park front with 2 plain pillars supporting the cantilevered, flat-roofed, library gallery with narrow vertically set, paired windows (grouped on returns), beneath which the well of the library forms a canopy, with a single central column and angle windows, to the recessed glass entrance approached by brick steps. To the right, a partially sunken lecture theatre of brick with 2 small windows at ground floor level; form of swelling curves, angled at one corner and with a shallow, steel-framed pyramidal roof (unexpectedly symmetrical when viewed from above). Right-hand return to St Andrew's Place continues the lecture theatre, with, at 2nd floor, a mosaic band with grouped vertically set windows to the library gallery, committee rooms and working library. The staircase hall is expressed by a large glass window (the largest sheet of glass possible at the time) and at roof level by the projecting twin linked service towers with corresponding voids. To the garden, beneath the projecting, cubic form of the Censors' Room is the brick-faced polygonal Members' Room with 2 canted bay windows. Albany Street facade of strips of brick alternating with strips of windows having stone lintels; at roof level, the rectangular President's Flat. To the right, a vehicle archway to the north facade with colonnaded ground floor and narrow windows to the 1st and 2nd floors gained by concrete curved stairs. All the vertical windows have small inset drains to prevent water from staining the mosaic. INTERIOR: impressive sequence of spaces centred on a large, white marble-clad, full height stair-hall with two tiers of galleries and a modern baroque marble staircase, self-supported and climbing through 4 turns from the upper ground floor to the 1st floor gallery whilst giving a

diversity of views and vistas. Lower entrance hall has, to the right, steps to the lower ground floor and a further route provided by an elegant spiral stair beneath a curved and shaped solid balustrade with brass rail. The Censors' Room contains panelling with paired Corinthian pilasters from the former college of the 1670s by Robert Hooke; at the angles 4 vertical slit windows. Double doors to lecture theatre fronted by 2 pillars; theatre steeply raked to seat 300 and with an egg-shaped auditorium. The Dorchester Library is gained from the gallery; double height with gallery, vertical slit windows, top lighting and panelled in muninga wood. On the opposite side of the gallery, the 2-storey Osler Room, a dining hall, separated from the single storey reception room by a 60 foot long hydraulically lifted/lowered wall. The 2nd floor gallery has entrances to the Dorchester Library gallery, the Osler Room gallery, the Wellcombe Library and committee rooms. Meeting room and committee room added by Sir Denys Lasdun and Partners in accordance with the ceremonial plan and purity of design found in the original work. The Royal College of Physicians was purpose built to replace earlier accommodation on other sites. It is a prestigious building combining ceremonial features with day to day functionalism. It is included in Grade I as a powerful, elegant and rational statement of early 1960s architectural design. Awarded RIBA Bronze Medal in 1964; Civic Trust Award in 1967. Denys Lasdun was given the Trustees Medal of the RIBA for this building in 1992.

Listing NGR: TQ2878382390


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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