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Our mission

The Building Centre showcases the best in materials and manufacturing alongside the work of leading architects and designers to inform and inspire conversations about issues, challenges and successes in the built environment.

Founded in 1931 the Building Centre was the first establishment of its kind. Eighty-eight years later the Centre is run by the Built Environment Trust, an independent charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring and supporting knowledge and practice in the world of building.

The Building Centre showcases the best in materials and manufacturing alongside the work of leading architects and designers to inform and inspire conversations about issues, challenges and successes in the built environment. Our public programme includes a rich calendar of free exhibitions and events which invite the public into an active dialogue about the key issues surrounding the materials and processes of our built environment.

Our Product Galleries are home to over forty companies presenting products and materials to our audience. Our new Platform space hosts faster-changing exhibitions presenting cutting-edge design innovation. 

Working closely with award-winning practice Roz Barr Architects, the Building Centre’s redesign has used carefully chosen materials in innovative ways to create a space with materiality at its heart.

The Built Environment Trust

The Built Environment Trust’s mission is to improve the quality of the built environment by educating people about its value to their lives. The Trust aims to inspire innovation through the promotion of contemporary practice, material and product development, new fabrication methods, engineering and design. Working with leading partners, the Trust supports a rich and varied public programme at the Building Centre and beyond.

Patron

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

President

Spencer de Grey CBE RA

Trustees

Richard Hill FCCA (Chairman)
Klaus Bode Hon FRIBA
Dr James Bradburne
Antony Oliver
Katy Ghahremani RIBA ARB

Chief Executive

Colin Tweedy LVO OBE

 

Registered in England and Wales.
Charity number 1163419. 
Company limited by guarantee 9631202

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