71 Fenchurch Street opens its doors for Open House London 2017

This year’s Open House London event proved to be the Heritage & Education Centre’s busiest yet – attracting 2,378 people!

The free London-wide event saw both the Richard Rogers and Collcutt buildings open to the public for one day only. Visitors to the building were able to see the fantastic architecture of 71 Fenchurch Street, whilst also learning about the activities of the Lloyd's Register Foundation and Lloyd's Register Group.

Talks from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architects and a special Project Undaunted conservation suite were also a welcome attraction. In particular, the conservation suite showcased the importance of the Centre’s digitisation activities and the process of conserving documents before digitisation.

For the first time, this year’s event also welcomed a group of visually impaired and blind visitors to the building, aided by VocalEyes; an organisation founded in 1998 whose mission is to increase the opportunities of blind and visually impaired people. The VocalEyes group were given a guided tour of both the Rogers and Collcutt buildings by the Heritage & Education Centre team.

With giveaways of building brochures, foresight reviews, postcards, bookmarks and even Lloyd’s Register Foundation yo-yos the day raised over £380 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) from visitor donations.

Visitors to the building described the event as an ‘educational and entertaining day’ and voiced their thanks to the team of volunteers for having the ‘Open House experience nailed’.

Scroll down to view our Open House London 2017 image gallery.