Royal Philatelic Society Fitout

Area 9,500sqft across 7 floors
Client the Royal Philatelic Society London
Data, IT & communications
Fire protection
Hydraulic/public health
Specialist lighting

The Royal Philatelic Society London acquired 15 Abchurch Lane for use as their society headquarters.

Constructed circa. 1915., the period building is Grade II listed requiring a full replacement of all major plant and equipment. Contemporary design elements were introduced, while maintaining the historic look and feel of the building.

The basement level has archival storage and secure vaults to house the Society’s highly valuable philatelic collections. The areas are environmentally controlled using close control cooling and humidification systems. Experts from the British Library were consulted to advise on the best conditions to house these collections to ensure their preservation. These areas have also been protected using a VESDA smoke detection system and Gas Suppression system.

The 3rd level Experts Room features a specialist lighting system to allow the Society’s Experts Committee to conduct intricate assessments and valuing of stamps. The lighting was designed to best replicate daylight conditions high Lux level, high uniformity and a high colour rendering index.

The patron of the Royal Philatelic Society London, Her Majesty The Queen, opened the building in London on 26th November.