The Bartlett School of Architecture

  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Jack Hobhouse
  • © Francesco Montaguti
  • © Francesco Montaguti
  • © Francesco Montaguti
  • © Top image: Hawkins\Brown (before) Bottom image: Jack Hobhouse (after)

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Camden

Information about this scheme

Wates House at 22 Gordon Street was designed in the early 1970s to accommodate The Bartlett School of Architecture’s 350 students and 90 staff. However, as the school flourished, student numbers increased, architectural pedagogy evolved, and the school suffered from a chronic shortage of space. Evolved through careful dialogue with a range of stakeholders including students, staff and the wider community, the design has radically transformed Wates House into a welcoming, open-hearted, lean and robust building that actively supports a thriving academic community. Working creatively and collaboratively the project team and client developed a careful balance of new build and refurbishment, described as ‘deep retrofit’ which exceeds the requirements of the brief within the project constraints. 22 Gordon Street is a thoughtfully composed building which is sophisticated yet flexible in use. It is a fine home for the Bartlett, expressing the ambition of the institution and providing a good example for architecture students.

Credits

Architect

Hawkins\Brown

Client

UCL Estates

Client

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Main Contractor

Gilbert Ash

Structural Engineer

Curtins Consulting

Services Engineer

Buro Happold

Cost Consultant

AECOM

Acoustic Consultant

Buro Happold

Landscape Architect

BD Landscape

Sustainability Consultant

Expedition Engineering Ltd

Planning Consultant

Deloitte

Fire Engineering

Buro Happold

Project Manager

Mace

Other

John Burke Associates (Clerk of Works)

Other

Turner & Townsend (Principal design advisor)

Other

MLM (Approved building inspector)

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education