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Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, one of the world’s leading foreign policy institutes has opened the first phase of its Second Century Initiative. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Floor, named in recognition of its principal sponsor was officially opened by HRH Prince Harry in June 2017 and expands the institute into the neighbouring Ames House, with a new simulation facility, media centre, Academy training centre and flexible meeting and networking spaces.

It is the first phase of Fletcher Priest’s masterplan for the institute’s Grade I listed building. In 2020, the Initiative will mark the 100th anniversary of Chatham House’s foundation at its London home in St James’s Square. The historic town house, previously home to three British prime ministers, will also be 300 years old.

The masterplan includes the restoration of Chatham House’s historic rooms to their original state, with an original 18th century colour palette and authentic detailing, simultaneously integrating the sophisticated technology of the modern workplace with environmental controls and contemporary furniture. The integration of old and new looks to retain the qualities of the historic fabric and to maintain the informality that is synonymous with this world-renowned institution. Future phases include the renovation of the historic rooms overlooking the square for the new Distinguished Fellowship Programme, where senior statesmen from around the world are invited to spend time developing research.