Southwark, London
2017 - 2020

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ new home provides contemporary office spaces to support new ways of working for its 200+ staff, as well as conferencing facilities and a public café. It will enable the College to provide a fully accessible building with an emphasis on health, wellbeing and sustainable design.

The site at 10-18 Union Street in the London Borough of Southwark comprises two existing buildings, of which the North is a converted hop warehouse dating from 1853 and the South was purpose-built for offices in the 1980s. The proposed scheme covers the majority of the existing courtyard with a new glazed atrium in order to provide a new main entrance and College reception/events space. Located within this atrium will be a large helical stair that joins the two existing buildings, helping to address existing floor level differences, and creating a new dynamic, central sculptural feature.

“10 Union Street is a new hub for women’s health which is designed to bring people together to share ideas and experiences. It is a model for the kind of flexible, social workspace that will become essential in a post-Covid world. The light-touch sustainable design approach we have taken transforms the experience of using the buildings whilst re-utilising most of the existing building fabric on the site”.

Simon Erridge
Director, Bennetts Associates



Project Information

  • Client
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Area
  • 56,000 sq ft NIA
  • Principal Contractor
  • 8build
  • Structural Engineer
  • Integral Engineering
  • Services Engineer
  • KJ Tait
  • Project Manager / Quantity Surveyor
  • Burke Hunter Adams
  • Acoustic Engineer
  • MACH Acoustics
  • Fire Engineer
  • JGA
  • CDM Consultant
  • David M. Eagle.Ltd