the kings fund, marylebone

Location: London
Client: The Kings Fund
Status: Completed 2009
Budget: £2.7 million

Remodelled HQ for leading healthcare think tank
The King’s Fund charity is located in a Grade II* listed building on Cavendish Square, London. The original part of the building was constructed in 1769, and since then it has been added to and modified on several occasions producing an interior layout that lacks continuity whilst being difficult to orientate.

Brief was to enlarge, reconfigure and enhance the facilities
The aim of the scheme was to internally reconfigure the building, adding to the existing conference facilities with a new 200 seat auditorium designed to be flexible in order to accommodate The King’s Fund’s varying functions, and ensure that the premises fulfilled their potential both during the day and for more formal events in the evening. The existing conference spaces in the Lower Ground and Second Floors were also refurbished as part of the project.

The design plays to the building’s strengths
The information and library services were relocated to the oldest part of the building, extending over a series of rooms to create a relaxed atmosphere for quiet study and reflection.

New glazed function hall in the heart of the complex
The new conservatory links the auditorium to the information and library services, providing space for gathering and relaxed functions, connected to an elegantly reworked courtyard space.

Timothy Soar

AJ Online - SAS International
illustrative site plan
conservatory provides a multi-functional space in the heart of the charity
conservatory viewed from grade II* listed building
conservatory combines stone and timber, solar shading and sliding corner window
conference room can be reconfigured to accommodate different events
refurbished grand spaces within the listed building to provide a library
the conservatory forms the heart of the charity's complex of listed buildings
the conservatory and conference room prior to the refurbishment works