Runnymede Civic Offices

In Brief

Runnymede Borough Council


Construction Value:

March 2008


This is the first in a new generation of joint civic offices within the UK, which meet Government aspirations to combine a range of services under one roof, in this instance the local council, police and a public library.

The 65,000 square feet of area provides accommodation for some 250 employees at Runnymede Borough Council along with accommodation for Surrey Police, Safer Runnymede and a new public library for Surrey County Council. This is a unique public building that communicates the changing culture of local democracy as well as communal identity and civic pride, both for the citizens of Addlestone and the staff of RBC. 

The new building is a highly sustainable workplace where we sought to find the balance between a strong civic presence and a welcoming user-friendly environment. The Civic Offices are a further catalyst for the regeneration of Addlestone town centre which began with the completion of the FCBStudios designed Addlestone Community Centre, completed in August 2005.

Selected Awards

2009 Civic Trust Award

2009 RIBA Award

2009 Building Award: Public Project of the Year: Runner up

Runnymede Civic Offices

"The major feature of the building is daylight. The project successfully integrates with the existing townscape and manages to be both a modest neighbour and public building at the same time." RIBA Awards 2009 Judges' comments

"..a very strong example of a positive contribution to the civic realm, providing an identity for the council and a strong focal point for the community." Civic Trust Awards Judges' comments 2009