Welcome to our new home
Our new home is now open to the local community, the public and to our members. It is an accessible, welcoming and exciting space with physics for everyone.
A thriving space for everyone interested in physics
We’ll be hosting:
- talks, debates and performances
- physics exhibitions and experiments
- conferences, networking events and seminars
Innovative design and construction
From solar panels on the roof that generate electricity to energy pumped from far underground for heating, physics is integral to the design and construction of the building.
Our new premises have been designed and built to have as minimal an impact as possible on the environment. Features such as a flat roof with plants growing on it also help control drainage and recycle rainwater.
Our building is a test-bed for cutting edge technologies and a place to showcase the ways in which physics innovation can benefit society.
Learn about the creation of our unique sculptural reception desk in the video below.
Physics for everyone
When you visit our building, you have the chance to explore a wide range of physics through our interactive displays and you can take home exciting new resources to continue your journey of physics discovery.
Visit an exhibition in our gallery space, find out about some of the biggest ideas in physics and see what the IOP is doing all over the world through our digital experience.
Members and innovation
Our membership is at the heart of everything we do. From the start, IOP members have been involved in making our building as sustainable and technologically advanced as possible. Now, the building offers our members new spaces to meet and network and an expanded programme of events and activities.
Open for business
Our new home supports professional physicists to develop their careers, gain recognition for their work, and connect to networks that influence the physics landscape. And physics-based start-up businesses are able to hire space in the building.
How we got here - a brief history of our new home
We buy the freehold of a 1,494 square-metre site in the creative industries area of King’s Cross. Formerly a plumbing supply shop, the building has been empty for a while.
Plans are completed for an ambitious new home for our members. Proposals anticipate about 200,000 people will visit every year.
Planning permission is granted.
Work starts on the £13.5 million project. A key challenge is the demolition of the internal structure while keeping the original brickwork façade.
The new building takes shape as walls and floors are built. The pipes for the ground source heat pumps are installed, running to a depth of 72 metres underground.
Work continues and includes the realisation of sustainable designs such as our photovoltaic solar panels.