Garden Halls, London

Project team

Client:University Partnerships Programme acting on behalf of University of London

Architect:Executive Architect: TP Bennett Principle Façade Architect: Maccreanor Lavington Architects

Structural Engineer:Cundall

Project Manager/QS:Cost consultant : McBaines Cooper

M&E Engineer:Cundall

Main Contractor:Brookfield Multiplex

Concrete Contractor:Specialist Precast Thorp Precast

Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, Central London, Garden Halls is a development of high quality, affordable student accommodation. Maccreanor Lavington worked alongside Executive Architects, TP Bennett, and precast supplier Thorp, to design the new principal nine-storey façade facing Cartwright Gardens and a lower seven-storey building at the corner of the historically sensitive and challenging site.

The new student halls replaces the former 1930’s and 1950’s buildings to accommodate 1,200 student rooms, making it one of the largest student halls of residence in London. The main brick-clad facade has all the architectural integrity and beauty of a hand-set masonry building built by craftsmen but constructed from precast concrete panels.

There are over a thousand precast panels incorporating four brick types across the entire scheme, some elements incorporate complex corbelling and span two-storeys high.

Text and images taken from 'Garden Halls' article, (page 12) Concrete Quarterly, Spring 2018.

Facts

Building type:Flat & Apartments

Construction:Precast concrete

Finish specified:
Cladding on principle facade: brick faced concrete panels. Petersen brick. 10mm recessed white mortar joint Architectural precast cills – white, acid etched

Special features:
Two-storey high panels, stacked and dowel connected the full 8 stories of the building to remove need for horizontal soft joints. Panels delivered pre-glazed with cast in sills. Other joints limited to 10mm width