Camberwell College of Art, London

Value: withheld
Client: University of the Arts London
Construction: 2017

The college occupies a series of buildings dating back to 1891, the most recent studio was built in 1964 and is an extreme example of British Brutalism. The college is part of the University of the Arts with notable alumni being Howard Hodgkin, Sir Terry Frost and R. B. Kitaj.

The scheme under construction involves new student accommodation and a studio building formed over six floors with louver cladding for good daylight. A new entrance is proposed by ramp to the lower ground floor and campus courtyard.

Stephen Marshall has recently been appointed by the University of the Arts to produce the interiors of the new teaching spaces and remodelling work of the original 1964 building. This involves new spaces for workshops, library and auditorium. They are fortunate in working directly with the Dean of the college and his team as well as preparing proposals with Ab Rogers Design. The university will move into their new home in late summer 2017.

Corsham Street

Value: £30m
Client: Scape
Construction: Spring 2013

The architects have completed Scape Shoreditch,
a multi-use building, comprising student residential accommodation and commercial space, near east London’s
Old Street roundabout. The project is very much a collaboration, with interiors by Ab Rogers Design. The building contains 570 student studios with common rooms, a gym and communal kitchen/dining areas as well as 5,000 square metres of flexible space on the ground and first doors that can be used for either teaching or commercial purposes. The initial users have been ‘Silicon Roundabout’ start-up businesses.

The architects explored a number of plan diagrams, each providing a new public area. The selected option placed this open space at the western end of the site, adjacent to the hotel and facing towards Old Street. The building
takes the form of two continuous parallel blocks with setbacks at the fifth and sixth floors. Above this height rise four parallel, white-clad pavilions that represent continuations of the internal ‘street’ elevations. The tallest pavilion, rising to ten storeys, cantilevers out at the south-west corner to mark the new public realm.

Southend Student Housing

Value: withheld
Client: Hollybrook Homes
Construction: November 2008 – September 2010

The University of Essex has two campuses – the original site on the outskirts of Colchester and the more recent urban site in the coastal town of Southend. The increase in foreign students wanting to study in the UK has affected Essex and the Southend campus is an answer to that need.

The three blocks of housing for 500 students, are wrapped around the perimeter of the site to provide a safe internal courtyard for student use. At one corner of the site the building becomes more of a landmark where the building is at its tallest and this façade carries a triple-faced clock.

What is striking about the project is its brave use of colour in the elevational treatment using high performance laminate panels made by Trespa. Four colours were chosen: green, blue, red and yellow with contrasting use of black, grey and white. As cladding for the prefabricated construction system the colour energises the repetitive façades and gives the University an unmistakable identity in the town.

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