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This is the striking new elevation of the University of London’s £140mGarden Halls student campus

redevelopment, set within Bloomsbury’s Conservation Area in the London Borough of Camden. Architect

Maccreanor Lavington worked alongside executive architect, tp bennett, 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 entire (4500m


) façade was manufactured off-site as brick-faced precast

concrete panels, allowing the design team to develop, cost effectively, stepped brick details that make

reference to the detailing of traditional load-bearing masonry. The façade’s depth allows it to be constructed

from large load-bearing units that require fewer movement joints than contemporary site-laid brick cladding

and minimising the amount of on-site labour.

(Photo:Tim Crocker.)

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