Published on February 27, 2013 | by Siss Anderson & Adam Leyland

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‘Challenges lie ahead’ for LCC renovation

LCC Tower Block and CSM Granary Building

LCC’s Tower Block’s (r) makeover will be by the same architects who designed CSM’s Granary Building [Dilantha Dissanayake/Jon Durr]

The head of college at the London College of Communication has confirmed that “challenges lie ahead” in the site’s multi-million pound restoration.

Natalie Brett told Arts London News that the project is to be designed by Stanton Williams, the same architects that designed the award-winning Central Saint Martins King’s Cross campus.

The “huge operation” at LCC is estimated to cost between £80-100 million, which Brett expects will be financed largely through mortgages against the property and through donors.

Brett confirmed some of the plans for the building work, which include opening up the two top floors of the tower block to hold events.

Brett said: “It will be like a glass-box on top of the building, maybe we are able to project any kind of digital imagery on the building as well, and be able to show people outside what actually goes on inside.”

Unused spaces

The project is expected to utilise spaces that have been left empty due to recent course closures.

There are also plans to strip out the middle of the college to connect the first five floors of the tower block to the rest of the building.

“The college will become a building site and it will be a big challenge for teaching to not be disrupted.” LCC head of college, Natalie Brett

If the plans are approved, priority will be given to connecting the tower block to the rest of the college.

Brett said: “The college will become a building site and it will be a big challenge for teaching to not be disrupted.

“Students are with us for a very short period of time, and we need to make sure that every minute of that time that they’re with us, that we’re not going to be affecting their studies with the building work going on.”

Student involvement

Other proposals include getting students across the college to help design some parts of the renovation – similar to interior design students’ contributions to the Digital Space at LCC.

Brett also confirmed that she is in talks with several large companies to look into re-designing one of the lecture theatre areas into a cinema, that will host commercial events and festivals.

She said: “We can use it as a lecture theatre during the day, but also be able to put on festivals and commercial events.

“That would bring in funding for the college as well, to help fund the bigger projects,” she added.

If planning permission is granted, restoration work is expected to start in two years.

 

 

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