London Metropolitan University
London, United Kingdom | 2017-2018
Won in invited competition, our work at London Metropolitan University’s Holloway Campus sought to unify a disparate collection of existing buildings and provide a new ‘heart’ at the centre of campus which feels relaxed and can be a place where one wants to spend time. The design responds to the surrounding building’s entrances without feeling fragmented, and spoke of being part of a forward-looking and buzzing educational facility.
Working within the University’s own Five Year plan and an existing masterplan, our design responds to a brief to: mediate connections with surrounding buildings and access from Holloway Road, including the pedestrianisation of Slaney Street and Rollit Street; create a central space which transforms the campus and provides an asset to the estate; work with Transport for London to develop new traffic calming initiatives; encourage the 13,000 students and staff from 150 countries to use the new square for a variety of uses whilst upholding their ‘One Campus, One Community’ initiative; and deliver a noteworthy scheme which is of architectural merit.
The design heightens the visual and sensory experience for users across campus, improves orientation and wayfinding, strengthens links with the wider public and local communities, provides space for University events and external events and exhibitions to be a central amenity space for staff and students, and be integral with the wider proposals of the masterplan.
'Cinema and ice-skating rink among ideas floated for London Metropolitan University’s central plaza plan', Islington Gazette (2017)
'Design Engine lodges plans for phase 1 of £125m university makeover', Architects' Journal (2017)
'London Met appoints architects to create ‘landmark’ community campus' (2017)
'Central Courtyard Space at London Metropolitan University', E-Architect (2017)
'London Met appoints Gustafson Porter + Bowman', Landscape Institute (2017)