Beit Quadrangle is one of the oldest groups of buildings now occupied by Imperial College of Science and Medicine in South Kensington. Designed by Aston Webb in 1909, the quadrangle is adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall. Feilden Clegg Bradley was appointed to undertake the conversion and extension of two wings previously housing scientific departments, together with the refurbishment of other student accommodation. The project provides 325 student bed spaces and high quality conference facilities.
Roof-top extensions were proposed on both the east and the west wings. A two-storey extension was constructed on the east wing which has a particularly sensitive elevation looking towards the Albert Hall. This extension has been carefully designed both to have its own identity and to blend in with the existing structure. The scheme is intended to be as energy efficient as possible given the constraints of working on an existing structure.
The alterations to the Quad respond to the sensitive context of the Knightsbridge Conservation Area and complement the characters of a number of different adjacent spaces. The work enhanced the Quad as a vibrant place to live, while respecting its character and scale.
Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, London
Client: Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine
Construction value: £8,500,000
Completion: July 2001
“A brief which is modern and innovative, yet fits within the context of the architectural surrounding. There is a tight financial plan and they have shown great skill in working with the professional team to seek to achieve high quality and good value for money whilst meeting the business case.”
Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
For Beit Quadrangle