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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award



Greater London

Local Authority Area


Information about this scheme

This state-of-the-art community and cultural centre in West Hampstead has been established for the benefit of the Jewish community, the local community and for London. Its vision is to be at the heart of a unified, diverse community, inspired by and engaged in Jewish arts, culture and life. The building responds to the sloping topography of the site, the slender tower creating a landmark for the two arts institutions. The design is composed of a number of simple architectural set-pieces – the tower and an elegant pavilion accessed by a bridge that spans a sheltered piazza. The scheme includes a café, auditorium and screening room, classrooms and exercise rooms as well as a nursery and offices for the organization itself. JW3 brings together the organisation’s many and diverse activities into a single, culture- driven, building. The complex brief was established from a schedule of user- requirements and a vast programme of long and short-term events. JW3 is made of durable materials found in the immediate built context and in London’s most appealing civic buildings. The design is a composition of simple rectilinear forms that provide great flexibility – a loose fit structure to respond to the tests of time, an approach which is at the core of the practice’s ethos.



Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands


Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands


JCC Ventures Ltd

Universal Design Consultant

People Friendly Design

Universal Design Consultant

All Clear

Landscape Architect

Churchman Landscape Architects

Main Contractor

BAM Construction Ltd

Project Manager


Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner & Theobald

Services Engineer

Norman Disney & Young

Structural Engineer


Acoustic Consultant

Cole Jarman

Environmental Consultant


Environmental Consultant

Baker Consultants

Fire Engineering

Jeremy Gardner Associates

Lighting Consultant

Speirs & Major

Planning Consultant



Catharine Yass

Theatre Consultant

Charcoal Blue

Transport Consultant

Steer Davies Gleave

Catering Consultant

Nick Lander

Primary Use Class

Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure