Informed by the LSBU Strategic Development plan the analysis of the St George’s Circus site identified the development potential for the site with a focus on campus form, accessibility and permeability, landmark and identity, flexible building typologies, risk management and incremental development. A set of design objectives were generated that were considered through four development options. LSBU were becoming increasingly aware of the need to enhance the student experience.
Proposals for the ‘Chapel site’ provide student and medical facilities in a highly identifiable building, set behind the retained walls of an historic chapel, designed to draw students to the campus and improve their experience through a ‘one stop shop’ of union and medical facility, with the potential for change as the demographic’s needs change. Containing student union, student offices and a large medical centre including consulting rooms and specialist treatment facilities, the building’s square plan gives the minimum wall to surface area of usable area and optimum layouts for the different uses which are distributed on a floor by floor basis.
The building responds directly to the university’s environmental strategy through the employment of a displacement ventilation system, and includes the retention and sensitive restoration of the grade II listed chapel walls on the site.