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Norman Foster hails conversion of his Renault building into kids’ play centre


This alteration to the Renault Centre happened before it was listed. I visited in in April 2013 as part of ongoing research into the durability of architecture. The fabric we designed at Foster Associates is doing very well - despite little or no signs of maintenance including the neoprene skirt- movement joint at the head of the composite cladding. It the Kidz About's internal details that even more of a mess than the signage. However the energy of the children is wonderful. Its as if Cedric Price had organised an invasion. The rear half of Renault - the warehouse is occupied by a 'technology company' - TS Tech UK Ltd. All discussed with Julia Barfield another member of the Renault design team - who designed the showroom. Professor Michael Stacey

Posted date

13 February, 2015

Posted time

4:30 pm