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Competition: City University Refectory Wing

City University of London
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City, University of London is seeking an architect for a £9 million redevelopment of its refectory wing in north-east London

The team chosen for the 4,863m² commission will draw up plans to refurbish and extend the Brutalist structure, designed by Sheppard Robson & Partners as part of a range of new university buildings in the late 1960s.

The project, planned to complete in 2021, will expand City’s main Northampton Square campus by creating an enlarged kitchen and café area with additional teaching spaces, offices and study areas.

In its brief, the university says it is ‘embarking on a tender process for the appointment for architectural services (including acting as the lead design consultant and principal designer) and other design team members services’.

It adds that the work ‘will need to perform to minimum BREEAM excellent standards, be fully inclusive and is likely to house new kitchen/café area, offices study spaces, new teaching spaces, all subject to the development of a full brief’.

The university was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute, and renamed City University in 1966. It became part of the federal University of London two years ago. The university has 40 academic departments with specialisms including journalism, business and law.

It has additional campuses in west London, the City and east London. The historic College Building at Northampton Square was designed by EW Mountford in 1894 and is now Grade II-listed.

During the 1960s, Sheppard Robson & Partners created a new complex situated between Northampton Square and Spencer Street to the north. This included the Centenary Building, University Building and Refectory Wing

The latest project will refurbish and extend the Refectory Wing which received a new glazed staircase and first-floor walkway connecting it to the university building in the early 1990s.

In December last year, the university launched a separate search for architects to deliver two projects: the first to replace its Brutalist-style Centenary Building with a landmark £30 million facility; and the second to create a £7 million rooftop library.

The deadline for applications is midday, 28 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ajay Bhosle
City University
City, University of London
Gloucester Building

Tel: +44 2070408914
Email: ajay.bhosle@city.ac.uk 

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