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Home to The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, like a lot of 1960s buildings was no longer fit for purpose and in need of redevelopment. We worked with the design team to demonstrate the whole life value and carbon benefit of retaining the original concrete frame and how we could help morph the building into a modern day equivalent, without the need for
demolishing and starting over. We were able to minimise the embodied impact of the project and provide significant cost and programme savings. The retained thermal mass was even used to complement the passive heating and cooling strategy.

With future adaptability and flexibility a key client requirement, we developed a robust mixed-mode environmental strategy that follows seasonal weather variations, reducing the building’s reliance on active heating and cooling.

22 Gordon Street connects to UCL’s district heat network, accessing clean energy generated from a combined heat and power plant and uses solar panels on the roof to generate its own renewable electricity. The roof also accommodates a green roof which offers biodiversity and reduces surface water runoff.

We also led the design team through BREEAM accreditation, taking a pragmatic rather than a ‘tick box’ approach, using whole-life cost and carbon analysis to inform strategies. The project received BREEAM Excellent for its design stage assessment.

RIBA London Award 2017
AJ Retrofit Higher Education Award 2017
NLA Education Award 2017


Client: University College London

Architect: Hawkins\Brown

Status: Complete


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Jack Hobhouse
Site photograph courtesy of Hawkins\Brown

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