[FIRST LOOK] Heneghan Peng has submitted plans for its proposed new £76 million school of architecture for the University of Greenwich
The Irish practice won the prize project in 2009 ahead of David Chipperfield, Rafael Viñoly, Allies and Morrison, Bennetts Associates, Wilkinson Eyre, and Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen.
The 17,000m² scheme, which will also be home to the campus library, will sit on a run-down 0.64ha site between Stockwell Street, Nevada Street and King William Walk, in Greenwich, London
According to a university spokesperson the plans will ‘restore Stockwell Street’s traditional curved street line, with an elegant glazed frontage opening onto a gallery, café and exhibition space, all for public use’.
A public exhibition showcasing the proposals will run from Wednesday, 23 February 23 to Saturday, 26 February in Room 015, Ground Floor, Queen Mary Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Baroness Blackstone, said: ‘We hope that people in Greenwich will be as excited by these plans as we are. The high quality design of the new university building will greatly enhance the town centre. With some facilities and services open to local people and organisations, it will add to the creative and cultural energy of Greenwich and benefit our wider community.’
Wildflowers, sedums and other plants will grow on the building’s living roofs creating a haven for wildlife in the centre of the town. The design achieves high standards of sustainability in every area of its operation including construction, use of energy and water, waste management and biodiversity. The aim is to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating in the international environmental assessment BREEAM. In line with the university’s broader policy to promote green travel, there will be space to park bicycles on the site, but car parking will be available for disabled people only.