The Royal College of Pathologists

Date Complete 2019
Location UK England
Client The Royal College of Pathologists
Architect Bennetts Associates

Project Summary

The Royal College of Pathologists is a charity with a Royal Charter (received in 1970) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a patron.
Occupying a 30,000 sq. ft site in the centre of London, the new headquarters contain an open plan office, meeting rooms, auditorium and deluxe seminar spaces designed to enhance the learning experience.
The project won a 2019 New London Architecture award where the college was praised for their move to sustainable, contemporary purpose-built premises.
The 6-storey building includes a double-height entrance atrium and incorporates a suite of facilities for members and trainees: a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose conference area equipped with the latest AV, office space and a lounge featuring a full library collection.
The site achieves ample space to run specialty pathology exams and to expand the College’s wide-ranging programme of academic activities and events.

Serviced Provided

The intention was to assist the college achieve its aims to advance the science and practice of pathology within a site suited to its needs.

We carried out an appraisal of room acoustics in meeting, conference and seminar rooms – all areas where the control of noise build-up is important.

We also developed 3D acoustic modelling of key spaces such as the auditorium, where all personnel would be accommodated.

Sandy Brown was appointed to provide acoustic advice in relation to the proposed demolition of what was known as the Goodman Building and re-development of the site, fully fitted out to meet The College’s specific needs as follows:

  • Develop appropriate acoustic criteria
  • Provision of detailed acoustic modelling
  • Make recommendations for acoustic criteria including:
    • Sound insulation
    • Background noise levels
    • Reverberation times
  • Undertake commissioning measurements
  • Advise on appropriate internal noise and vibration criteria