- Client: Queen Mary University of London
- Location: London
- Role: Architect
The School of Mathematical Sciences is a 12-storey building on a visible urban site on Mile End Road in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Originally dating back to the 1960s, the reinforced concrete tower block had become very tired and no longer conformed to modern standards. Improving the poor environmental performance was a vital component of this scheme. The over-cladding design has drastically improved heat retention and thermal performance, reinvigorating the building's public appearance to the local community.
In tandem with the fabric remodelling, we revolutionised internal spatial planning to promote flexible working methods and informal and social learning; with quiet spaces for original thinking and relaxation.
The new accommodation includes 74 rooms of differing sizes and functions for students, academic and administrative staff. As a result of extensive user consultation, we could creatively use an existing sunken courtyard to create a new 'winter garden' as a new social hub with an informal break-out study space.