The AJ can reveal the first photographs of the University of Westminster’s recently extended and revamped architecture studios designed by Jestico + Whiles
The fourth and fifth floors of the university’s 1971 Marylebone Building have been refurbished to create a new home for the architecture faculty.
The studios occupy six bays along the length of the campus building which had previously been home to a series of redundant partitioned and subdivided spaces.
The 2,500m2 scheme provides open plan and flexible spaces which can be adapted to meet future needs, while mobile storage and display modules subdivide spaces for pin-ups.
Harry Charrington, head of the department of architecture at the University of Westminster, said: ‘Jestico + Whiles’ thoughtful and creative input was invaluable in reshaping and extending the University of Westminster’s Marylebone Studios. It was a pleasure to work with them – on a punishingly tight time-line, and with the challenges that old buildings invariably offer – to create what are now the best studios of any architecture school in London.
‘The studios are beautifully fit for purpose, not only giving all our students an opportunity to fulfil their architectural potential, but helping renew the University’s potential to build on its legacy as one of the foremost schools of architecture in the UK.’
University of Westminster by Jestico + Whiles
Type of project refurbishment and conversion
Client University of Westminster
Architect Jestico + Whiles
Structural engineer Price Myers, Riverside Environmental
M&E consultant CBGC
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Main contractor Parkeray
Tender date April 2015
Start on site date June 2015
Completion date October 2015
Gross internal floor area 2,500m2