Project will unify a disparate set of buildings
Gustafson Porter + Bowman has won an invited competiton to unify a disparate collection of existing buildings at London Metropolitan University and provide a new ‘heart’ at the centre of campus that will feel relaxed and be a place where one wants to spend time. The design will respond to the surrounding buildings’ entrances without feeling fragmented, and will ‘speak of being part of a forward-looking and buzzing educational facility’.
Working within the university’s own five-year plan and an existing masterplan, the practice’s 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.
Due for completion in 2019, the design will ‘heighten the visual and sensory experience’ for users across campus, improve orientation and wayfinding, strengthen links with the wider public and local communities, provide space for university events and external events and exhibitions, be a central amenity space for staff and students, be integral with the wider proposals of the masterplan, and improve physical access.