Somerset House

Donald Insall Associates was lead architect for the second phase of works at Somerset House involving major refurbishment of the South Building, including a new gallery displaying works from The Hermitage in St Petersburg. The restored Seamen’s Hall serves as the hub connecting the Courtyard with the River Terrace overlooking the Thames.

The Courtyard, repaved with granite setts, is enhanced by fifty-five fountains lit by fibre optic lights. Specially designed crowd control barriers and underground lavatories for 3,500 people give Chamber’s re-unified courtyard new use as a unique public venue in central London.

The Somerset House Trust


  • Europa Nostra Diploma; Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Building of the Year
  • Public Space; Civic Trust Award; Lighting Design Award Community Category Highly Commended