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Lyall unveils Clerkenwell jewellery centre

John Lyall Architects has revealed its £17.5 million scheme for a new jewellery education centre in north London

The 2,742 m2 scheme for Goldsmith’s Company refurbishes a Grade II-listed Victorian school, adding a glazed atrium which links to a new five-storey block.

John Lyall said: ‘We want to bring the public into close contact with this highly skilled, historic vocation.

‘We want to encourage innovation, design and craftsmanship and revitalise interest in an industry that has been at the heart of London for centuries.’

The new stone and patterned-brass building will house workshops, conference rooms and exhibition space.

Peter Taylor of the Goldsmiths’ Centre said: ‘John Lyall has provided us with a quality environment in which the public can engage with the craft, young people can be educated and businesses can thrive.’

The centre, due for completion in 2011, is the Goldsmiths’ Company’s most significant project since the ancient organisation founded its 1891 centre at New Cross, now Goldsmiths College.

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