Salters' Hall Tour

Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Time: 13:00
Running time: 0 mins

Join us for this exclusive tour of Salters’ Hall with Julian de Metz from De Metz Forbes Knight Architects.

After a complete refurbishment and extension by dMFK Architects, Sir Basil Spence’s Salters' Hall re opened in 2017, and has won several awards for its conservation including an RIBA Award, and the City Heritage Award.

The Grade II listed Brutalist style building, completed in 1976, has been extended, reorientated and rethought to fit the needs of contemporary occupancy. The refurbishment has secured the longevity of Spence’s original structure, restored some remarkable tooled concrete finishes, and completely re-serviced the building, improving its energy performance from and F to a B, and achieving BREEAM Excellent.

The entrance has been relocated in a new entrance pavilion which addresses a substantial new garden space, shared with Make Architects’ London Wall Place and which celebrates a large fragment of the original Roman London Wall. The public space that has been created involved the restoration and extension of landscaping around the building to both create additional and improved space for events, improving linkages and connections through new walkways at ground and high walk level to the wider City.

Salters' Hall, 4 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5DE

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.