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Ravensbourne College, Greenwich by Foreign Office Architects

[PLANS + SECTONS + ELEVATIONS] The AJ can reveal previously unseen plans and technical drawings of Foreign Office Architects’ (FOA)recently completed Ravensbourne College close to the Millennium dome

The £70 million ‘university sector’ college, specialising in digital media and design, features a tesselated facade which the practice describes as a ‘non-periodic tiling system symbolising a more diverse and contemporary approach to technology’.

The eight-storey 21,500m2 building centres around ‘two interconnected atria, each piercing through three levels of program’.

FOA claims the building will reach a BREEAM qualification of environmental excellence through ‘optimum environmental performance, low maintenance and high flexibility’ with a very low ratio of façade to area. 

Project data

Foreign Office Architects team: Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi with Cristina Parreno, Maider Llaguno, Penny Sperbund, Azizah Sulor, Mio Sato, Emory Smith, John McLean, Daniel Spreier, Sukyeong Kim, Nankuei Lyn, Carmen Sagredo, and Changho Yeo
Client: Ravensbourne College in Partnership with Meridian Delta
Completion date: 2010
Total Area: 21,500m2
Budget: £70million including technical fit-out
Project Manager for Meridian Delta: Lend Lease Projects
Project Manager for Ravensbourne College: Bernard Williams Associates
Structural Engineering: Adams Kara Taylor
M & E Engineering: Scott Wilson
Accessible Environments Consultants: Arup Access
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Employer’s Agent: Gardiner & Theobald
Fire Consulting Engineers: Jeremy Gardiner Associates
Acoustic Consultants: RBA Acoustics
Technical Performance Consultants for Facade: Buro Happold
Facade subcontractor: Gebrüder Schneider Fassadenbau 
Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
CDM Coordinator: Lend Lease Projects

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