The practice won a limited competition to masterplan the college's residential campus around Princes Gardens. There are vacant sites between the remains of the Victorian stuccoed terraces and Sheppard Robson's huge Corbusian hostels, both of which are now listed. The scheme currently being negotiated is for 170 student rooms above a new underground sports centre design by Arup Associates. mjp has carried out feasibility studies for adaptation to the listed 1960s buildings and for other infill sites around the gardens.
Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, East Campus Masterplan
The need for the masterplan for the East site resulted from the merging of Queen Mary with Westfield College and land acquisitions. More than 400 student rooms and communal facilities have been designed and built in four phases since 1986. Some of the residential sites are quite deep, hence the massing idea which puts five-storey buildings in the hinterland looking over and between three-storey pavilions, thus enabling all to share the prospect to the Grand Union Canal and to Mile End Park. The recently planted College Green extends this idea even deeper into the campus, giving surrounding sites a foreground setting as well as prospects to the park.
A modified design-and-build procurement route was chosen for these projectsto achieve tight cost control with a low budget.