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Refurbishment of RAS premises

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 20:49
Published on Monday, 11 September 2006 00:00

From November 2006 the Burlington House apartments housing the RAS will be closed for major works.

During this time the following arrangements will apply:

- the RAS office and library, together with the BAA, will move to Hallam Court, 77 Hallam, Street, London W1W 5HB   [ map

N.B. post, which will be redirected , should continue to be sent to Burlington House; telephone, fax and email addresses will be unchanged)

- the regular Friday Meetings will be held,as usual, in the GSL and other Burlington House venues

a great deal of the book stock will be stored and library services, therefore, will be severely restricted

- committee meetings will be held  in Hallam Court; Council, however, will meet at the Royal Society of Chemistry's premises in Burlington House

The Burlington House premises will be closed for 12 months in order to make this historic, listed building fit for the Society’s purposes and of greater benefit for members, as well as to  improve access for the disabled. The key features of the refurbishment are :

- up-graded mechanical and electrical services including heating/cooling plant to provide air conditioning to public rooms and rooms housing rare books and archives, new wiring, installation of a lift to all floors and,for members, a swipe-card controlled entry system

- comprehensive redecoration, replacement lighting and  re-carpeting ( except where the stone floor is to be exposed) 

- re-instatement  of a lecture room with provision for almost 100 comfortable seats,equipped with  a state- of- art projection system (linked to A-V in the new Fellows and Council rooms to accommodate overflow audiences)

- redesigned library lay-out  to allow for it to double for receptions  

- new Fellows Room ( in the current Council Room);  new Council Room ( in the upper library, currently used as a store) 

- new cloakrooms, WCs and catering kitchen in the b
asement to cope with the increased numbers of visitors

- refurbished offices with most of the RAS staff moving to the second floor and the BAA ( British Astronomical Association) going to the Herschel Room

Outline plans for each floor of the building can be viewed on the following PDFs while a virtual tour of the existing apartments  can be viewed here

pdf_small Basement   Ground   First  Second