Cartwright Pickard’s vision for the works from their interpretation of the brief was exactly what the University wished to create.
Bill Hunt, Head of Estates Development, London Metropolitan University
Client London Metropolitan University
Location Aldgate, London
We were commissioned to refurbish and modernise four London Metropolitan University faculty buildings: the Learning Centre, Tower Building, Central House and the Grade II-listed Moorgate. At the heart of all our design work was the requirement to ensure that we have focused on and enhanced the student experience in each building.
LMU Moorgate Building
We sensitively refurbished a Grade II listed building to create a cafe and group learning environment in the basement and remodelled the fifth floor postgraduate business school to create professional teaching rooms and breakout spaces. The works are sensitive to the existing fabric of the building, retaining and highlighting existing structures and features though the use of bold colour and lighting. Opening the space up to create an atmospheric hub area now encourages informal learning on a group and individual basis.
Creating an efficient University estate
Through spatial analysis we identified areas that could be used in a more efficient manner, assisting the University to rationalise its estate. Our proposals maximised spatial efficiency and student capacity while providing state-of-the-art facilities at a cost of only £1,055 per sqm. The works updated existing outdated facilities by improving internal environments through upgraded fixtures, finishes and furniture and renewing M&E services and lighting. The works increased energy efficiency and helped the university to make the best use of the space available, improving circulation and introducing additional informal learning facilities in historically redundant spaces.
Ensuring future flexibility
Adaptability of the space is key to the designs, ensuring that the workspaces are easily modifiable to future generation’s learning needs. We have considerable experience of designing highly flexible work and learning spaces that allows the agility and adaptability required by higher education estates.