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New Clore Learning Centre at RIBA, 66 Portland Place

Following a RIBA competition, Hayhurst & Co. were chosen to design the new flagship Clore Learning Centre at the RIBA’s Grade II* listed headquarters at 66 Portland Place in central London. The new Learning Centre will transform how the public learns about and responds to architecture and is made possible by a generous grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation.

The new Clore Learning Centre at 66 Portland Place will be a destination for the public to engage with and respond to architecture in a creative learning programme. It will include a dedicated studio, study room, terrace and interactive display area. It will showcase the value of good design for effective teaching and learning and will provide an inspirational setting for hands-on, creative activities for a range of audiences, from children and families to lifelong learners.

The new spaces are part of our national learning programme that includes creative workshops, walks, talks and the RIBA National Schools Programme, which has supported 250 RIBA members in engaging 4,000 primary and secondary school children since September 2015.

Moso Bamboo surfaces worked closely with Hayhurst and Co from the early stages and were pleased the bamboo was decided as one of the main material choices for the scheme.

A variety of thicknesses of our Caramel side pressed bamboo in 3 & 5ply were used in various applications and finished with natural oils including the flooring and yesterday we were invited to a private view of the new spaces with other sponsors for the project.

The spaces look great and the bamboo really compliments the design.