City, University of London has chosen BAM London region to create a landmark new building for The City Law School.
The 7,240m2 new provision, which BAM won in competition with Wates and Morgan Sindall, was tendered under the Southern Construction Framework.
Valued at around £42 million, the works involve rationalising four existing buildings that form a corner at Sebastian Street and Goswell Road, EC1.
Two of these – a pre-fabricated health centre from the 1970s and a former factory from 1947 – will be demolished. Two other buildings, former factories at Goswell Road and the Myddleton Building, will be retained, but integrated into the new campus.
The University is conscious of the need to respect the local residential developments and the conservation area between the buildings (Northampton Square), and the surrounding Georgian architecture, which will require tree planting and sensitive design. The architect is the award-winning practice Wilkinson Eyre.
Among the challenges for the BAM team is creating a structure on several levels – seven storeys at its highest point - while retaining the separate character of the four blocks, which must nevertheless function as one building. There will be a central atrium space between them.