This is the fourth commission from the University of East London and forms part of a master-plan for our Stratford Campus. The building is placed at the Northern side of the campus and forms one side of a proposed college quadrangle. The other sides are the existing Arthur Edwards building, our completed Computer and Conference Centre and a future new campus learning resource centre.
The Cass School of Education has moved from Barking and is one of the fastest growing and successful schools within the University. The building is organised around a central atrium space with three levels of teaching accommodation on the north side and four levels of office accommodation to the south. These are accessed by open walkways that overlook the atrium and all rooms feature extensive glazing to the atrium elevation. Within the atrium is placed a drum-shaped tower of student consultation rooms that is cantilevered from the upper floors over a circular reception area on the ground floor. Additionally, a lowered floor area within the atrium provides a breakout space for the main music practice room. The atrium is designed to be a busy interactive place with cafe, information, exhibition area and from where it is possible to see all the activities of the faculty on the floors above.
The building was constructed simultaneously with the new computer library and lecture theatre on the campus and was completed on site in March 2009.
|Architects||Richard Murphy, James Mason, Craig Amy, Jo White, Tadashi Arai, Peter Hunt, Rebecca Milton|
|Project Manager||Arcadis AYH plc|
|M&E Engineers||Fulcrum Consulting|
|Quantity Surveyor||Turner & Townsend|
|CDM Co-ordinator||Lewis and Hickey|
|Contractor||Dean & Dyball Construction Ltd|
|Client||University Of East London|