John McAslan + Partners' Friends House was awarded an RIBA award as a regional winner for the London category. The project
Friends House is the home of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the UK and was designed by Hubert Lidbetter. It is Grade 2 listed and won the RIBA Bronze Medal in 1927.
At the heart of the building is the Large Meeting House, which provides 1200 seats for the annual gathering of Quakers. Prior to the project this space had become compromised with poor views of the stage, uncomfortable seating and underused balconies. A dull flat ceiling compressed the space compounding issues of inflexibility and drabness.