The project entailed creating a new headquarters for the Academy of Medical Sciences at 41 Portland Place, London, W1.  The building provides a platform for Academy activities including, workspaces, meeting rooms, a dedicated room for Fellows, space for small public exhibitions and function rooms with the capacity to host outreach events, receptions, dinners and public engagement activities, and a room suitable for holding press conferences.

The building is a significant example of a townhouse designed by John Adams and forms part of a Nash’s proposal to create a processional route linking Regent’s Park to former Carlton House, now Carlton House Terrace.  The challenge was to provide a contemporary work environment, with the infrastructure required in a modern office, whilst respecting the historic fabric of the building. 

In addition to housing the activities of the Academy, the building provides a forum for scientific exchange and networking for medical scientists, clinicians and health professionals from across the world, a centre for lively interaction with press and media, and a welcoming space for members of the public.