We received Full Detailed Planning Application for the refurbishment of 29 Marylebone Road into a ‘high tech’ business incubator unit for professionals, students and alumni.
This project forms a key central part of an ongoing development plan by the University which offers its students ‘best in class’ education linked to a business model which bridges the gulf between education and the business world.
The project comprises the following three key elements.
The University of Westminster has a proud history of research that has impact; academic research that draws from and drives the professions it serves. The recent acquisition of 29 Marylebone Road offers the opportunity to showcase the university’s innovative research, enterprise and its rich connections to allied professions and industries. It will provide a cutting edge space and high quality environment to promote this distinctive tradition, to welcome professional partners, alumni and students into an environment characterised by internationally leading researchers and innovative enterprise projects: The first and most compelling exhibit will be the building itself, intended to be an exemplar of the university’s values. It will be a destination for cutting edge executive training and other activities which extend from Westminster’s Academic Excellence – David Dernie: Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE)
The University sought for design expertise from tutors within the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE) for the refurbishment of the new building and organised an internal competition with six practitioning lecturers. The sketch design was to encompass a vision for the entire eight storey building, The following is an extract from the brief: “ At the building’s heart will be an inspiring interface between academic research, enterprise, industry and the professions. It will be manifest in a ground floor shop-window exhibition space; high-end executive space and seminar rooms; the Institute of Advanced Studies; and rooms for cutting edge technologies/visualisation facilities that engage students and link to the Internationalisation agenda of the University’s 2020 vision. The quality of this project should represent a step change in ambition, confidence and be a beacon of lean, green design thinking, procurement and delivery.” Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, unit masters of Diploma Studio 10 presented three key ideas, as shown in this document and were chosen to work on a feasibility document. This document gained momentum within the university and helped a business case which led to this pre-planning application.
Our design intent can be summarised in three key ideas:
PLANNING APPLICATION GRANTED – PROJECT PAUSED
UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER
A+T (Joint Venture between Mamou-Mani ltd and Toby Burgess Design ltd.)
Toby Burgess, Arthur Mamou-Mani, Bilal Mian, Ping-Hsiang Chen, Maialen Calleja, Aditya Bhosle
Pryce & Myers
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