Queen Mary University of London Upgrade, London

August 2019
GRAHAM Construction

White Ink Architects worked with GRAHAM Construction to deliver the refurbished and extended School of Mathematical Sciences building located on a prominent, highly visible urban site at the Queen Mary University of London Mile End campus.

White Ink developed the original design intent, by Kendall Kingscott Architects, through Stage 4 and delivered the project on site. The initial brief was to create a striking urban landmark building which would enhance the presence of the University along Mile End Road and afford a more welcoming western ‘gateway’ entrance to the campus.

Originally constructed in 1967, the building has a distinctive brutalist style – expressed externally with horizontal concrete banding to the façade and internally with exposed in-situ concrete to the circulation cores. The intention was to work within the existing structure to optimise the spaces within; improve the performance (thermal and energy) of the building; improve user experience and inspire a new lease of life within the school.

Key works included the refurbishment of the existing 11-storey building comprising replacement of the building envelope (façade and roof), complete interior fit-out and extension at basement level to accommodate a new social hub and external landscaped sunken courtyard.

The reconfigured building provides high quality teaching and IT facilities and inspiring, modern and collaborative spaces for both students and staff.

User experience and sustainability were key considerations in order to achieve an enjoyable, productive working environment – synonymous with one of the world’s leading Mathematics institutions.

This project achieved BREEAM Excellent.

Architectural Photography by Simon Kennedy

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