Project Description

Royal College of Midwives

Location: Southwark, London
Year: 2020
Client: Royal College of Midwives

We are delighted to have delivered a stunning new headquarters for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The ‘calm and bold’ brief provided the opportunity for us to blend the RCM’s rich history with a contemporary workspace that would promote collaboration and flexibility.

Our task was to deliver a modern working environment that prioritised light, space and quality, while also respecting budgetary constraints. The brief was to deliver calm and bold working spaces that were accessible and functional, while also making all those who used them feel good about the new office. Respecting tradition and professionalism was also key.

The resulting design is bright, elegant and contemporary, delivering a range of light-filled, flexible working spaces. A dropped floor delivers the wow factor and adds drama to the space, while also dividing it up practically and providing discreet storage under the higher-level floor. Identifying whether or not dropping the floor would achieve value for money was a key project priority, as doing so involved the addition of structural steel beams to support the new lowered floor.

“Adams+Collingwood understood our brief from the start and supported us through the process. As a result, we have a beautiful new office space that combines a sense of history with a modern outlook, which couldn’t be a better reflection of the Royal College of Midwives.”

Chris Truman, Chief Operating Officer, The Royal College of Midwives

The workspaces provided ranged from larger, formal meeting rooms to smaller spaces for confidential conversations, as well as a range of both sitting and standing desks. Seating ranged from lumbar support office chairs to comfortable but practical sofas for causal meetings. Wheelchair accessibility was a priority throughout.

This mix of traditional and contemporary touches is visible in the colours that flow through the new RCM HQ. Dusky pink pairs with bright blue to reflect midwifery’s core service provision, while deep maroon, orange and copper deliver a sense of warmth and comfort.

The over-arching feel is one of contemporary professionalism. The RCM’s Southwark HQ is a place that permits traditional values to flourish in a modern world. It was completed on time despite the complication of the COVID-19 pandemic. Site work began on 1 June 2020, meaning that COVID-secure construction was required, with limited numbers of contractors on site and social distancing in place. Site meetings were held over Zoom and progress shared through video updates.


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