On 8th July 2020 Matthew Goulcher wrote:

Knowledge Networks project showcase: spaces for higher education, tech and life sciences

On Thursday I presented UCL's Faculty of Laws as part of the NLA's Knowledge Networks project showcase. This series highlights exemplary projects that are having a transformational impact on the education, healthcare, technology and innovation sectors; these schemes are also featured in their recent Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc report.

At the Faculty of Laws, we unified and extended two adjacent yet disparate buildings, one Grade II listed, to create a state-of-the-art environment for learning. We were particularly interested in flexible space and exploring more informal interaction between students and tutors. Throughout, different styles of working are accommodated through the range of spaces provided: secluded window seats, café and common room tables and open plan hotdesks. Since completion, the Faculty has reduced regulated CO2 emissions by 29.5% reduction and was rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

For the NLA project showcase, I was joined by Michael Fostiropoulos of Penyore & Prasad, Darius Umrigar of NBBJ and Gavin Henderson of Stanton Williams. You can watch a recording of our presentation here.