Burwell Architects win RIBA London Award

May 2023

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies wins RIBA Award, a sensitive refurbishment of Lasdun's Charles Clore House

On Friday 12 May, we attended the RIBA London Award ceremony at Portland Place, and we are absolutely delighted to have won an award. Our project for the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London has sensitively upgraded Sir Denys Lasdun's Grade II* listed Charles Clore House, a brutalist London icon.

We are very pleased to have received such praise and recognition for this project. In the words of the RIBA Jurors:

"The architect invested much care and attention to ensure legibility between the old and the new, but finely tuned so that the new elements do not contrast or compete with the original architecture. This is evident in the slightly offset relationship where new partitions meet the existing concrete structures, the colour matching of the new secondary glazing to the original glazing frames, and the choice of floor finishes. The result is a visually coherent design with well-enjoyed spaces."

The jury felt that this project was a true labour of love, conducted by a team that quite selflessly undertook much careful research to ascertain the specific architectural language they were dealing with, and that did all it could to minimise the impact of its own decisions on the original design.
RIBA London Jury