Sir Robert McAlpine wins historic Inner Temple job

9 January 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects has won a deal to redevelop the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court in London’s historic legal centre.

The multi-million-pound scheme, the precise value of which has not been revealed, has been dubbed Project Pegasus. It involves the redevelopment and refurbishment of Inner Temple’s Treasury Building, Library and Hall.

Work is planned to start in May or June 2019 and be completed in 2021. Bradbrook is project manager, while McAlpine will act as construction manager.

Image: Hugh Broughton Architects

The Temple area of the City is over 800 years old and has been the home of barristers for over 600 years. The redevelopment of Inner Temple will reflect the changing nature of barristers’ work.

Michael Coleman, operations director of Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects, which has also worked on projects such as the Elizabeth Rower, Kensington Palace Orangery, the Royal Albert Hall and the Courtauld Institute, said: “We understand the historic significance of this project for the Inner Temple. We’re delighted to be the appointed contractor for Project Pegasus and will use our specialist skills, built on years of experience of other historic projects, to partner the Inn in the delivery of a facility that meets the Inn’s brief and the demands of modern legal education.”

Image: Hugh Broughton Architects

The redeveloped Inner Temple will house modern educational facilities, including a lecture theatre and training rooms, while the Hall and Treasury buildings will be modernised and upgraded for the first time since the reconstruction after damage sustained during the Second World War.

The redevelopment, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, will refocus the use of the whole building and create a new fourth floor with a glazed roof light creating a bright and welcoming space. The redevelopment will make the most of views over the Inner Temple Garden, one of the largest open spaces in the City.

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