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Bartlett demolition phase completes

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Work has completed on the demolition phase of Hawkins\Brown’s £23 million revamp of the Bartlett School of Architecture

The building on London’s Gordon Street has been stripped back to its reinforced concrete frame in preparation for a ‘deep retrofit’ of the 1975 structure.

The whole façade of the building has been demolished and part of the first floor facing onto Gordon Street has been removed to create a double height space that will house a public gallery.

The original plinth around the building has also been demolished to allow for new openings to be made in the ground floor slab allowing daylight and views into the basement below.

The £23 million scheme will double the school’s teaching and research space at Wates House and will open up the building’s façade to reveal what is happening inside to the street. It also includes re-orientating the entrance and providing exhibition spaces at ground level.

Euan Macdonald, partner at Hawkins\Brown said: ‘It’s an exciting time in the construction process with the raw core of the former Wates House revealed and hints of its future beginning to emerge.’

The Bartlett School of Architecture has moved to a temporary studio space on Hampstead Road, near Euston station, while its home is transformed.

The project is set to complete in summer 2016.

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