The Egyptian Government has selected Adams + Collingwood as architects for the refurbishment of their Cultural and Educational Bureau in London.
The six storey grade 2 listed building which fronts Curzon Street and Chesterfield Gardens was built in 1874 as a Mayfair mansion with opulent interiors in a neo rococco style. It was acquired as the London Residence of Egyptian Crown Prince Farouk in the mid 1930s, but was only used by him for a short period before he became king aged 16 in 1936.
The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau administers Cultural and Educational exchanges, placing students in UK universities. It also arranges a wide range of cultural and educational events, exhibitions, lectures and recitals.
Adams + Collingwood will undertake the conservation of the historic interiors and will make the building fully accessible, with a new lift and facilities for the disabled. Complete refurbishment of the building fabric and services will be carried out.
The refurbished building will give the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau enhanced accommodation, appropriate settings for its cultural activities and a representative presence in London.