Barry Building
26/07/2021 by Buildington
Wates Construction has completed work on the £79.7m renovation of Royal College of Surgeons of England’s new headquarters.

The redevelopment retained the historic frontage and character of Sir Charles Barry’s design, with high-tech and environmentally sustainable construction.

The complex work included the refurbishment of the building’s existing 200-year-old library.

Mark Tant, Managing Director, Wates Construction commented: "This scheme adds to Wates’ burgeoning portfolio of work to restore our nation’s most precious national heritage assets, ensuring they are there to be enjoyed by future generations.

Sir Charles Barry’s original design was at the heart of this restoration, and it is an honour to work on historically important buildings like this and contribute to preserving our capital’s wonderful architecture.

We have not only successfully completed this scheme despite the difficulties imposed by the pandemic but have incorporated cutting-edge technology to make this building smart, sustainable and safe, bringing it into the 21st century.”

Phil Shortman, Regional Managing Director for London, Wates Construction added: "This new headquarters is another example of Wates’ high-quality, specialist heritage delivery in our country’s capital. We are the forefront of London’s drive to maintain its historical buildings and our team have delivered once again on a complicated refurbishment.

I’m immensely proud not only of the build, but the way in which it has been used to drive our business’ equality and sustainability agendas through our diverse team and excellent use of offsite.”

Jackie Weller, Deputy Chief Executive at the Royal College of Surgeons of England said: "Wates have done a fantastic job redeveloping our ageing building into a bright and modern space, whilst also maintaining our much-loved historical features. We are very pleased with the final outcome and can’t wait to unveil the building to the wider surgical community and the public.”
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