Study Tour 1: London (maximum 25 participants)
2 Redman Place
Centre Building at the London School of Economics
Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) was commissioned in 2014 to review the IQL (International Quarter London) South and IQL North masterplan in Stratford, and develop a building ‘chassis’ that would enable buildings of different sizes and configurations to be created using the same basic components. The functional brief for 2 Redman Place, as part of the IQL masterplan, is to provide 265,000-270,000ft2 of commercial office space. Central to achieving the client’s desire to promote health and wellbeing will be a workplace that maximises daylight and views, with optional open atria and highly visible stairs. The building, which will be the new home of Cancer Research UK and the British Council, is rated ‘Outstanding’ by BREEAM.
The Centre Building on the LSE’s Aldwych campus in London is a new 17,500m2 landmark teaching and academic building, the design of which is inspired by the school’s core values: collaboration, excellence and innovation. The original brief called for world-class architecture, and included the demolition and redevelopment of three existing buildings to create a new 10-storey building. RSHP has gone further by designing a new public square, creating a focal point for the school, and improving connectivity and wayfinding. Rated BREEAM Outstanding, the design is vertically zoned, with the most public and highly serviced facilities on lower levels. These are joined by a four-storey atrium, which links social learning spaces, teaching rooms and a large auditorium.
Designed by Stanton Williams, the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children, for Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust, University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, is the world’s first purpose-built centre for paediatric research into rare diseases. Set in London’s Knowledge Quarter, the facility is conceived as a holistic space where science, city and human lives come together. It’s organised around two connected ‘hearts’, an outpatient zone and a research zone, each planned as layered volumes around a daylit atrium. Across eight storeys, the building provides academic research workspace, seminar and meeting spaces, laboratories, equipment space, specialist clean rooms, and outpatient clinics.