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47 years on: Sheppard Robson returns for Brunel uni revamp

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Sheppard Robson has won planning for the remodelling of its own Wilfred Brown building at Brunel University, London

The £13.8 million scheme will transform the internal spaces of the university’s 4,710m2 Wilfred Brown Building.

The practice first worked at the university when they masterplanned its campus in the sixties, and this sees it make a return to the Wilfred Brown Building which it completed in 1968 and later extended.

The building will be stripped back to its concrete frame and reclad with a ‘saw-tooth’ façade and a perforated metal screen will be added to the third-storey.

Lee Bennett from Sheppard Robson, said: ‘We have worked with Brunel University London over a number of generations now and are looking forward to breathing new life into a Sheppard Robson project completed more than 45 years ago. The ambitious refurbishment for the project has purposely been designed to be a confident and strident statement that will make the building a focal point of the campus.’

The project is set to start on site in September and is expected to complete in 2016.

Project data

Location Brunel University, London
Type of project remodelling
Client Brunel University London
Architect Sheppard Robson
Planning consultants V R G Planning
Structural engineers Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers
M&E consultant T G A Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Planning supervisor Schal CDM
Start on site date August 2015
Completion date July 2016
Gross internal floor area 4,710m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional JCT
Total cost £13.8 million

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