Facade Design
Program: 1,200 room student halls of residence
Client: University Partnership Programme Ltd
Phase: completed

Maccreanor Lavington were commissioned by University Partnership Programme to work on the redevelopment of the University of London's Garden Halls, which forms one side of Cartwright Gardens - one of Bloomsbury's many Georgian garden squares.

The wholesale redevelopment introduces a net increase in accommodation on the site and replaces the outdated 1930s and 1950s buildings with a purpose-designed facility accommodating approximately 1,200 student rooms with a mix of catered and self-catered accommodation. Our role on the project was to design the principal frontage facing Cartwright Gardens and that of the self-catered block fronting Leigh Street. The project proposes a new nine storey building facing Cartwright Gardens and a lower seven storey element at the corner of Leigh Street.

The site is surrounded by numerous listed buildings and sits within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. English Heritage, GLA, LB Camden, Bloomsbury Conservation Area Advisory Committee, 20th Century Society and the Georgian Society are some of the key local stakeholders that we have consulted through the development of the design. The scheme was designed to be BREEAM 'Excellent' and to meet the Mayor of London's sustainability standards. Maccreanor Lavington worked with TP Bennett, executive architects of the development.