Client: University of West London

Campus Redevelopment
St Mary's Road Future Campus Project, Ealing, London

Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Jeff Stibbons
Services Engineers: Atkins Global
Civil/Structural Engineers: Atkins Global

Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
Construction Value: £34 million
Completion Date: September 2015
Gross Internal Floor Area: Approximately 29,500 square metres (4,000 new)

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Revitalizing an existing campus, through stakeholder engagement and carefully sequenced phasing.

 

We worked closely with the University of West London, a team of consultants and a lead contractor to design and deliver the redevelopment of UWL’s St Mary’s Road Campus in Ealing, West London.

The St Mary’s Road Future Campus Project involved a number of newbuild elements and a phased refurbishment of the existing buildings at University’s Ealing campus. The aim of the University was to provide world class buildings in the higher education sector, to be open and approachable to their communities, to attract students, to provide better quality social space and to be at the heart of the community.

The key element of the project involved demolishing a central building and replacing it with a new vibrant ‘Heartspace’, comprising of a Library, Performance Centre and new student facilities. This new hub is the focal point of the Ealing campus and has drawn the various buildings together. The daylit atrium at the heart of the campus allows permeability, visually and physically, to all the buildings on the campus.

A new purpose built performance centre provides a large flexible space that can be used in a variety of configurations. A roof garden above the performance venue provides an external social space. The Library is drawn into the heart of the campus by creating a new Learning Centre that overlooks the 4-storied atrium. At ground level the Heartspace provides a refectory, student services and a social hub.

The existing buildings on the campus were built from 1930s to 2004 and were in varying states of disrepair. All the buildings on campus have now been refurbished internally and externally to create a high quality environment befitting a modern centre for learning.

Engagement & Phasing 

The brief and proposals for the St Mary’s Road Future Campus Project were developed through a thorough engagement process with the University and its stakeholders. The End-user groups, comprising of key members of the seven Academic Schools and the various administrative departments, were consulted via a series of engagements at every RIBA stage.

Public involvement in this sensitive scheme was critical to ensure that the views of the wider community were considered in the final proposals. We assisted the University to engage with its residential neighbours and key community and political stakeholders. 


During the design development careful consideration was given to the phasing and logistics strategy that have been utilised to implement the scheme. The need to protect the University’s ongoing operation and the quality of the learning experience during the project was a critical factor and was given full and due consideration in the development of the phasing strategy. Essentially no learner should be disadvantaged as a result of the University investing in the estate.

In order to deal with complex sequence of moves to facilitate the various phases of the project, BBA led a ‘Churn Management’ team. The Churn team worked very closely with the University and all its stakeholders to develop the complex sequence of moves and to ensure that temporary and permanent spaces were to the standard required by the University. This ensured that each smaller phase was delivered in time for the Academic year as well as to coincide with the construction sequence. 

 

 

 

"The Future Campus project is at the heart of the University of West London's vision to continually improve students' learning and their social experience. Architects Bond Bryan were key to helping us make that vision a reality, and their world-class design work was instrumental to the project's success." 

 

Peter John, Vice-Chancellor Professor - The University of West London

 

 

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