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Heneghan Peng unveils Greenwich School of Architecture plans

[FIRST LOOK] These are the first images of Heneghan Peng’s proposed new £76 million school of architecture for the University of Greenwich.

The Irish practice bagged the prize project in September last year (AJ 11.09.09) ahead of David Chipperfield, Rafael Viñoly, Allies and Morrison, Bennetts Associates, Wilkinson Eyre, and Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen.

The 17,000m² scheme, which is still at concept stage and has just gone out for an initial round of public consultation, will sit on on a run-down 0.64ha site between Stockwell Street, Nevada Street and King William Walk, in Greenwich, London

According to the university, the proposals for the new library and School of Architecture & Construction (SoAC) will reflect the fine grain of the surrounding terrace houses.

A spokesman said: ‘The grain of narrow and wide bands structure the site: narrow bands containing courtyards, service & cores, wide bands provide the teaching and learning spaces. The grain is further drawn through to the street to create a permeable streetscape.

‘The library is located to the north establishing a connection to the main university campus in the Old Royal Naval College.’

A cafe and exhibition spaces will open onto Stockwell Street with the main entrance positioned at the corner opposite Hawksmoor’s St. Alfege Church - ‘a slight setback creating a threshold’.

Studio space occupies the entire first floor with seminar rooms ‘suspended in the space’ between the courtyards.

The library is organised with a split level section creating a space that visually & spatially interconnects the diverse activities within.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in the autumn when there will be further public consultation.

The exhibition in Room 015, Ground Floor, Queen Mary Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, will run from Thursday, July 1 until Friday, July 9.

Project Data

Client: University of Greenwich
Size: 17,000m²
Status: schematic design
Location: Greenwich, London
Architects: Heneghan Peng
Structures|Civil:Alan Baxter Associates
Building Services:Hoare Lea
QS|PM: Fanshawe
Acoustics:Sandy Brown
Planning: Drivers Jonas Deloitte
Specialist Lighting: Bartenbach Lichlabor


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