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Nick Willson to 'bomb proof' 1960s Waterloo tower

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[First look + project data] Nick Willson Architects has released these images of plans to ‘Terroirst proof’ a 1960s tower block in Waterloo, London

The scheme in Sandell Street for the Union Jack Club - a hotel, conference centre and private members club for serving and ex-serving military personnel - will overhaul the existing entrance and ground floor of the brick.

The project features a new copper-clad canopy, entrance and lift.

The architect’s view - Nick Willson

We were asked to produce a feasibility study following work carried out by QCIC security services due the government having advised that the building could be a security risk and vulnerable to terrorist attack.

This gave the client and the design team the opportunity to look at retro fitting the main entrance, lobby and exterior access. Architecturally we proposed a new copper clad element which wraps around the façade forming a new canopy, entrance, lift and screening.

The copper would be solid on the top surface with roof lights and a perforated treatment on the exterior soffits allowing light to be filtered below. Internally the copper element forms a light sculpture and the framework for display areas and two new roof lights which penetrate the back of the plan and link the first floor meeting rooms to the entrance area.

The choice of copper comes from the use of copper in radios, radios being used in communication between all of the services and also the idea that a club is a place for communication between members and the public.

Internally we have opened the area up and propose a new secure area, a café and internet area along with new display and information pieces. A further study will be carried out into the energy use of the facilities and hotel rooms.


Project data

Architects: Nick Willson Architects
Location: Sandell Street, London
Type Of Project: Retrofit of a ground floor of an existing 60’s tower 
Structural Engineers: Davies Maguire + Whitby
Project Architect: Nick Willson
Design Team: Nick Willson Architects, QCIC Security Consultants, Davies Maguire + Whitby
Client: Union Jack Club
Funding: Private donors
Tender date: TBC
Start on site date: TBC
Contract duration: TBC
Gross internal floor area: 270 sqm
Main contractor: TBC





Selected subcontractors and suppliers: TBC

Annual co2 emissions: TBC

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  • Why stop at copper? The armed forces make use of rubber, bootlaces, uranium, porridge - all sorts of pretty things in fact.

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