University Square Stratford will officially be opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London, on Tuesday 5 November 2013.
University Square, situated at the heart of Stratford’s cultural quarter, is a unique collaboration between the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London; two distinct universities whose partnership aims are to encourage access and progression into higher education. The campus offers an alternative model of higher education, with flexible part- and full-time, day and evening study opportunities to meet the growing aspirations of the people of east London.
Professor John Joughin, UEL Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is great to see this partnership initiative come to completion and the first cohort of students come through the doors this autumn. University Square brings higher education into the communities of east London in a way that has never been done before and plays an important role in the remarkable transformation of this part of London.”
The Master of Birkbeck, Professor David Latchman CBE: “University Square is an exciting development in Birkbeck’s historic mission to extend the best higher education to all, and I am delighted to see our unique, evening taught provision established in east London. The shared nature of the building means that students in Stratford will benefit from a truly flexible, high-quality higher education offering.”
Designed by Make Architects and built by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick in association with AWW architects, the £33million state-of-the-art, five-floor campus comprises 8,600 sq metres of flexible teaching and performance space, as well as academic and administrative offices, orientated around a large, light-filled atrium. A range of student support services are on offer, including English language and academic learning support, specialist education advice and guidance, disability support and a student centre and helpdesk.
The building is a prime example of the latest technology and sustainable building design. Its features include more than 700 square metres of solar panels, rooftop habitats to increase biodiversity, three rooftop bat boxes, rainwater harvesting, and a garden at ground level. The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating is excellent – the second highest category.
James Taylor, Partner at Make: “The architecture is an expression of what the project has achieved - the bringing together of a whole host of different spaces, departments and functions that serve two universities in one coherent building. The expressive form, granite external facades and concrete internal finishes work together to create a new landmark with a confident presence and a civic scale. The building will attract new students and give them an institution in which they can be proud of its quality and longevity."
Charles Jordan, Associate and Architect at AWW inspired environments: “The collaboration at USS has resulted in a remarkable building and its aspirations have been exceeded on this challenging site. The bold design and high technical standards embodied in its construction will be an inspiration to all who use it. AWW is extremely proud to have been selected to work alongside VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver this unique project and to be part of the continued renaissance of Stratford.”
Anthony Clarke, senior project manager at VolkerFitzpatrick: “Having lived and breathed the project for over two years, it’s fantastic to finally see the facility in use. A huge amount of effort has gone into the project by the entire project team to finally cement the new and modern facility in the heart of east London. Construction took place through the Olympics with great success and created minimal impact to local businesses due to careful planning and local liaison.”
Source: Make Architects www.makearchitects.com 4. November 2013
VolkerFitzpatrick wins £17m University Square Stratford contract.
The £17m design and build contract for a new university hub that will meet the growing educational aspirations of local people in the heart of east London has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick and will be project managed by Gardiner and Theobald LLP.
The flagship project named University Square Stratford has been designed by Make Architects; a practice founded by renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth, and will be located in the heart of Stratford. The project is a unique joint venture between Birkbeck, University of London and the University of East London (UEL).
University Square Stratford is designed to be a multi-use academic building comprising 8,600m2 of floor space, orientated around a large light filled atrium of lecture, teaching and learning spaces, as well as dance studios and multipurpose spaces.
The structure is a five storey reinforced concrete frame which will incorporate a mixture of specification finishes that include: finished timber surfaces, glazing, granite and glass facades, rain screen cladding and exposed concrete ceilings, acting as part of the heating and cooling strategy.
The building which has been designed to achieve an ‘‘Outstanding' BREEAM rating incorporates sustainable features, such as: glazed curtain walling and photo voltaic panels on the facades, displacement ventilation that will provide single source heating and ventilation using the raised floors as plenums, and 700m2 of green roof areas, encouraging bio-diversity and reducing rainwater loss, which will provide water for WC flushing.
Richard Offord, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick said: "We are delighted to have been chosen to work on this prestigious project and be part of the vision for these two complementary centres of learning, to create more accessible facilities for higher education in areas of low participation.
"This project strengthens our already extensive experience in sustainable building and the higher education sector. After carrying out a large number of high profile projects in the Stratford area we are well versed to the particular challenges of working on this type of project and in this part of London."
Richard Morsley, Project and Partnership Manager for University Square Stratford, said: "We are delighted to welcome VolkerFitzpatrick as the building contractor for this exciting and ground-breaking project. The company has an admirable reputation working in the education sector and we feel that they are the right people for the job."
VolkerFitzpatrick has an excellent track record of delivering projects in east London and will continue to work with the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LGTDC) which has provided not only substantial financial support but significant guidance on the project to the two universities.
The works are due to start in September, and the building is anticipated to be ready to welcome its first intake of students in September 2013.