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Clore Studio at RIBA 66 Portland Place

Sarah Williams was appointed to assist RIBA in producing a feasibility study for a new learning centre within the Grade 2* iconic building in Central London, following which the Design team responsible for developing and delivering the final scheme, would be appointed through an RIBA competition, chaired and led by Sarah.

The Clore Duffield foundation has been driving initiatives in cultural leadership and learning for more than 50 years. Underlying the Foundation’s work is a driving belief that active learning sits at the heart of a successful cultural organisation and informs all aspects of it’s work.

The existing education spaces at 66PP are no longer sufficient to accomodate growing participation and are unsuited to the wide range of activities the programmes must already deliver.

RIBA succesfully applied to the Clore Duffield Foundation for funding to develop the education offer through various spaces within the building ,which will enable the ongoing delivery of a vibrant and creative hands-on learning experience for many different age groupsSarah has led the process in running the competition with RIBA and chaired the final panel which selected the winning architect , after much debate.

The winning practice was Hayhurst and Co.

Work will involve the creation of a new learning studio, improvements to the external terrace , the creation of a study space and the use of exhibition and wayfinding throughout the building.


''Sarah has been an absolute pleasure to work with on the Clore Learning Centre project. Her knowledge and experience as an architect and client advisor shine through in every way. She really listened to the project team, understood what we hoped to achieve with our project and helped us articulate that at different stages of the process and to different audiences. We valued her advice and are very happy with the end result"

Elizabeth Grant, Head of Learning, RIBA