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An ambitious refurbishment project for City, University of London. LTS Architects were commissioned to spatially rethink the ground floor IT teaching spaces and labs of the ground floor of the Drysdale Building on the main Islington Campus.
LTS Architects were commissioned to rework the IT teaching spaces and laboratories of the Drysdale Building on the main Islington Campus. The existing labs were inefficiently planned, inflexible and unattractive hence the primary objective was to improve not only the spatial experience but also functional capacities.
Our design clearly separated the teaching labs to the north from the more fluid ‘open access’ areas to the south. Taking advantage of the generous floor to ceiling heights, we introduced a new mezzanine floor. With this and the increased efficiency of the plan generally, we were able to increase computer numbers from 244 to well over 400 within the same floor plate, while also providing a variety of work environments.
The floor was previously unconnected to the campus at ground level which was remedied by opening up the elevation towards the south with a new main entrance and lowered window seating allowing the floor to reconnect with the surrounding campus. We introduced external landscaping to extend the study space outside.
The new materials and elevational treatment of the façade take their cue from the existing palette. The entire space is unified with a graphic wall, designed by LTS, which brings colour and life to the spaces while also incorporating wayfinding and signposting.
The project involved a full retrofit improving the thermal envelope through the addition of internal insulation and triple glazing. Alongside the introduction of efficient plant, the energy usage was reduced considerably.