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The Royal Academy Redevelopment

The refurbishment and reconfiguration of Grade I listed Burlington House and Grade II* Listed Burlington Gardens to improve the visitor experience through the unification of the two buildings.

Image © David Chipperfield Architects
Image © David Chipperfield Architects
Image © David Chipperfield Architects
Image © David Chipperfield Architects

The Vision

The transformative redevelopment of The Royal Academy of Arts, Britain’s foremost artist-led institution, will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018. The designs, by Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA, will link Burlington House and Burlington Gardens for the first time, opening up the essential elements that make the Royal Academy unique worldwide, sharing with the public its historic treasures, the work of its Academicians and the RA Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme. As well as revitalising the two-acre site, the scheme will also create a number of new public areas including:

  • Spaces for exhibitions and displays across the site showcasing the historic RA Collections.
  • New and refurbished exhibition galleries for contemporary art projects.
  • A double-height lecture theatre with over 260 seats.
  • A new Clore Learning Centre.
  • New spaces for the RA Schools.
  • A link bridge connecting Grade I listed Burlington House and Grade II* listed Burlington Gardens, creating a central route from Piccadilly to Mayfair.

The redevelopment will provide significant improvements to visitors’ facilities across the site and will conserve the façade of Burlington Gardens, one of the grandest unrestored buildings in central London.

The project is supported by a grant of £12.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In addition, the project has also received generous support from a number of private individuals as well as trusts and foundations.

Our Role

We were appointed to provide full project management services, including design team management, statutory authority liaison, party wall and rights of light, neighbour liaison, procurement of demolition and Construction, planning and programming and tenant liaison.

Key Information

The Royal Academy
David Chipperfield Architects
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
Gardiner and Theobald
Structural Engineer:
Alan Baxter Associates
M&E Engineer:

Special Mention

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), said: "The Royal Academy of Arts is one of London’s most highly respected centres of artistic excellence. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF has been able to support these exciting and innovative plans which will ensure this major scheme brings together the very best of both old and new.”