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Camberwell College of Arts expanded by Stephen Marshall Architects

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The £69 million refurbishment extends the original 1970s building and adds a new accommodation block

The redevelopment is part of a wider University of the Arts London regeneration investment of £440 million – including Chelsea College of Arts’ move to Pimlico (2005), Central Saint Martins’ move to King’s Cross (2011) and the proposed new London College of Communication site at Elephant and Castle. 

In Camberwell, much of the original 1970s building has been refurbished, with the addition of a 6,000m² extension. Together they house an expanded library, a lecture theatre and creative studios offering facilities for students and staff across ceramics, illustration, graphic design, painting, photography and sculpture. A dedicated new building, housing 264 rooms for student accommodation, has been designed by Stephen Marshall Architects.

Camberwell College has also increased its public offer with a new gallery – Camberwell Space – located at the main entrance on Peckham Road. 

Camberwell college of arts. image credit kristy noble for camberwell college of arts, ual (1)

Client’s view

The college is in an area that is becoming increasingly known for its creativity, home to many galleries including its neighbour the South London Gallery, and surrounded by a large number of wider redevelopments in Peckham and Camberwell. Camberwell College of Arts is positioned at the heart of the arts offer for both students and the public; it’s an opportunity to consolidate its place in a genuine London community, with a real heritage of creativity.

Amanda Jenkins, associate dean, Camberwell College of Arts

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Project data

Start on site 
Hollybrook (shell and core) July 2015, Overbury (fit out) January 2017 
Hollybrook January 2017, Overbury February 2018
Gross internal floor area New academic extension 6,088m², Halls of residence 7,924m² (refurbishment of existing academic accommodation not included)
Form of contract Shell and core – development agreement (new academic extension and halls of residence), Fit out – Design & Build (new academic extension and existing refurbishment)
Construction cost £69 million – new academic extension, existing academic refurbishment and new halls of residence
Architect Stephen Marshall Architects – new academic extension and halls of residence
University of the Arts London
Structural engineer 
Pick Everard
M&E consultant CES
Quantity surveyor Currie & Brown
Fire engineering Hoare Lea 
Acoustic consultants Paragon 
Planning Rolfe Judd 
Technology consultant Cobalt Interactive 
Project manager 
Tower Eight (shell and core and halls), Fulkers (academic fit out)
CDM coordinator
 Richardson-Hill Limited
Approved building inspector 

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