Architecture 00 has won approval for a new £18 million home for Ada, the emerging National College for Digital Skills, based at Tottenham Hale in north London
The 6,000m² scheme, the practice’s biggest scheme to date, will sit within John McAslan + Partners’ wider masterplan for the area and will house about 1,000 students and apprentices.
Named after English mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace, Ada was opened in September 2016 and is currently housed in a former Department of Work and Pensions building in Broad Lane – a fit-out project which was also overseen by Architecture 00 (pictured bottom).
The college, which teaches students aged between 16 and 19 and runs apprenticeships for 19 to 24-year-olds, is the first new further education institution in the UK for more than 20 years.
The organisation aims to fill the skills gap in the UK tech industries with a curriculum based around technical, creative, and entrepreneurial skills.
According to the practice, the ’unusual geometry of the building’ stems from having to avoid placing loads over a number of service tunnels for the Victoria Line. As a result, the block’s massing has been skewed.
The project was approved by the local authority before Christmas and, the AJ understands, has since been rubberstamped by the GLA.
The building is expected to complete in late 2019.
Location Tottenham Hale, Haringey, London
Type of project Further education
Client Ada – National College for Digital Skills
Architect Architecture 00
Landscape architect Set within masterplan by John McAslan + Partners with Churchman Landscape
Planning consultant Litchfields
Structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel
M&E consultant Cushman Wakefield
Quantity surveyor Cushman Wakefield
Planning supervisor Pierce Hill Project Services
Main contractor Kier (currently under a Pre-Contract Services Agreement for Second Stage Tender)
Funding Central Government and London LEP
Start on site June 2018
Completion December 2019
Contract duration 70 weeks
Gross internal floor area 6,000m²
Form of contract Two-stage Design and Build
Total cost TBC. Est. £18 million
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