An exemplary learning environment
The iconic nature of the Grade II* listed Senate House, its history and architectural significance, is on a par with the prestige of SOAS as a higher learning institution celebrating its centenary in 2016. It seemed the perfect fit therefore when SOAS announced its plans to expand into the London landmark in early 2014. We were appointed to provide a full multidisciplinary service, covering design, cost consultancy, project management, MEP and structural engineering, and are offering a full range of expertise on the radical transformation project.
Our first task was to develop the initial feasibility study to produce design proposals, complying with the requirements of English Heritage and the London Borough of Camden.Having been involved since the design stage we knew the challenge was to ensure the most viable and sustainable use of Senate House as part of a prestigious district of learning.
If extensive stakeholder liaison was key, planning and scheduling has been essential as the building continues to function as a library during construction. We created a sequenced programme during preconstruction to ensure minimum disruption. Our sustainability team has also worked hard to ensure that aspirations to receive a BREEAM Excellent rating as well as maintaining a 'zero waste to landfill' policy are achieved.
All on one site. All by 2016
Our redevelopment of Senate House will make a dramatic difference to the student experience at SOAS thanks to the new state of the art facilities. The project will also accommodate the 25% expected increase in SOAS students, bringing staff and students together in one central campus which will include a one-stop student hub designed to further enhance the student experience.
“The refurbished Senate House North Block will offer state-of-the-art research, teaching and student provision, all in one precinct, and create a centralised 21st century campus for our world class institution. The architecturally revolutionary design honours the heritage of the building and caters to the needs of our students, staff and visitors”