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Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Location Kings Cross, London
Services Building services and structural engineering, IT and audio visual
Sector Education 
Client University of Arts London
Architect Stanton Williams - Base build/Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will - Fit-out
Imagery © Hufton and Crow

Andrew Moore

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The relocation of diverse elements of Central St Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) into a new central campus on the 61 acre Kings Cross goods yard redevelopment was a major undertaking for the college and university. The new home of CSM incorporates: historic railway buildings (including the Grade II listed Granary building that was modified to respond to CSM’s needs), a flexible new build studio and theatre space. This is all based around a 110m long internal ‘street’ at the heart of the 39,000m² scheme.

Cundall was appointed first to carry out due diligence and monitoring of the base build design, and then supported University of Arts London (‘UAL’) in developing a flexible fit-out design for the multiple departments within CSM.

The development of the brief first required a series of intensive workshop sessions with end users, department heads, and the FM team from both UAL and CSM, which had to be conducted against the backdrop of tight budget constraints and the need to allow for future changes in curriculum and technology. The design incorporated the following major spaces:

  • Theatres
  • Dance studios
  • TV and radio studios
  • Editing suites
  • Photographic suites
  • A wide range of workshops
  • Flexible general teaching and rehearsal space
  • Library
  • Refectory and social areas

The wide range of departments, coupled with the need to meet current requirements and to allow for flexibility provided particular challenges in the fit-out design. This led to a number of modular solutions, in addition to the bespoke design necessary in very specialist areas. This was developed into an enhanced Stage D report, together with a set of Employers Requirements for the selected Design and Build procurement contract.

Cundall's IT and audio visual consultancy division worked with UAL to define the requirements for an energy efficient blade server ready computer room along with an enhanced performance specification. The modular design incorporated HOT aisle contained free cooling and high efficiency un-interruptible power supply. Additionally, Cundall defined the requirements for the Integrated System Tests (IST).

Cundall continued to monitor this contract on behalf of the University. The project was successfully completed in time for the first new students in 2011.

  • Civic Trust Awards 2013
  • RIBA Award 2012
  • AJ100 Building of the Year 2012
  • BCI Award, Major Building Project of the Year 2012
  • New London Award, Education Category 2012
  • World Architecture Festival Award, World’s Best Higher Education and Research Building 2012
  • RICS Award, Regeneration 2012
  • Public Building of the Year, Building Awards 2012
  • World Architecture News Education Award 2012