Location: Isleworth, West London
Client: West Thames College
Project Year: 2011
Cost: Over £2mWest Thames College is a successful college of Further Education, serving 7000 students from an ethnically diverse background. The Sir Joseph Banks building, named after the famous 18th C botanist who built the original college buildings as his home, is the 2nd phase of the redevelopment of the entire campus and accommodates most of the teaching spaces comprising about 100 classrooms, design studios, laboratories and workshops.
The accommodation is arranged either side of a wide central circulation space, incorporating generous light wells that ensure most rooms have cross ventilation and natural light on both sides, and stepping down the gently sloping site to enhance the historic parkland site and ease level access.