Cambridge House

Structural Designer

Webb Yates Engineers

Client Name

Birkbeck College, University of London

Location

London, UK

ARCHITECT
Penoyre & Prasad LLP

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
ARJ Construction Ltd

M&E, SUSTAINABILITY
Skelly & Couch

COST CONSULTANT
Artelia

ACOUSTICS DESIGN
Acoustics Central

PROJECT MANAGER
Mace

PLANNING CONSULTANT
Turley

FIRE STRATEGY
MLM

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A bold new 1,807m2 teaching and learning space for the University of London’s Birkbeck College. The major refurbishment and extension accommodates a cafĂ© and learning hub for students on the ground floor and basement. Teaching and learning spaces occupy the upper floors, with a large modern lecture theatre now in the new rooftop extension.
 

Submitted in 2021

Judge's comment:

The refurbishment and extension of this 100-year-old building was enabled through skilful structural engineering.

The choice to extend the building carefully balanced the client’s ambitions to minimise capital expenditure and development risk, and increase the building’s floor area, within the structural capacity of the existing building, without significant environmental impact. 

Detailed structural analysis was used to ascertain the building’s existing structural capacity and the design of an innovative lightweight extension increased the floor area by nearly 30% and at a cost far less than estimated for rebuild.

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