LSBU Public Realm

LSBU Public Realm

Architect
Hawkins/Brown
Location
Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK | View Map
Project Year
2014
Category
Parks/Gardens

Universities
Tim Crocker & B|D landscape architects

LSBU Public Realm

B|D Landscape Architects as Landscape Architects

London South Bank University: Student Centre project represents the first ‘anchor’ within London South Bank University’s Estate Strategy to revitalise the campus with enhanced public realm improving connections and legibility between campus and urban fabric of the area. The site comprises the northern and eastern corner of the London South Bank University campus adjacent to Borough Road and Southwark Bridge Road.

 

The proposed development consists of infilling the undercroft area below the Tower Building to provide new student and support facilities and important public realm entrances from Borough Road & Kell Street. At undercroft site had a cold and unwelcoming feel with a defensive landscape of tall security railings only accessible by card entry. A number of quality London Plane trees line Borough Road and more varied planting of Alder, Sweet gum & Beech create a strong tree framework but also add to a shady site.

 

The landscape design strategy aims to create a more attractive public realm with an ‘outward-looking’ campus with a very special sense of place with life and activity to the enhanced Kell Street and Public Square on Borough Road. 

 

Using a high quality palette of materials inspired by the history and heritage of the site with semi mature tree planting and rich sensory shrub and herbaceous perennial beds to promote and enhance biodiversity for urban ecology.

 

Drawing inspiration from history, most notably David Bomberg – one of the Whitechapel Boys – who taught in the 1960’s in the surrounding buildings, the aim for the rejuvenated public realm gateway is to be a dynamic ‘carpet’ of quality natural stone that draws out the strong geometry of the undercroft structure into the landscape. 

 

This rigidity of structure is fractured and exploded with highlights of lighting, large highlights of contrasting paving and benches that draw pedestrians in from Borough Road but also allow for colonisation and use throughout the day.

 

The project was completed in 2014 and has won a number of accolades since then including a Landscape Institute award in 2014 alongside winning the AJ Retrofit Award and shortlisted for Design Week Awards and RIBA London awards.


“We particularly enjoy the way the project works at so many scales from the urban place-making through the architecture and the attention to providing flexible space for future events including the connection to Edric Hall.”


Mary Jane Rooney, Director of Architecture, LSBU

 

I am pleased that we have been able to take the strong concept design, which references the history and heritage of LSBU, to completion on site without losing any of the design integrity in the process. 


The view from the upper levels of the Student Centre reveals the Bomberg-inspired layout in oversize granite planks and angular lighting which forms a directional ground plane and welcoming public space for students, staff and the public to inhabit.”


Rob Beswick, Director, B|D Landscape Architects

 

“B|D Landscape Architects have given us a great service. Their design has totally complemented the interior design and imaginatively they have referenced a famous 1930’s artist whose work is publically displayed in an adjacent University building as inspiration when designing the hard landscape and external lighting


Roger Tuke, Head of Development, London South Bank University


Material Used :

1. Hardscape –Kobra granite benches

2. Hardsccpe – Roriz granite setts

3. Hardscape – Cloudy White granite blanks

4. Hardscape – Blue Irish Limestone kerbs

5. Kinley Systems - Hi Grade edging

6. Streetlife – Highlight Tree Tubs

7. Addastone – Resin Bonded Gravel

8. Iguzzini – Linealucci Lighting

Project Credits
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Linealucci LightingiGuzzini
Highlight Tree TubsSTREETLIFE BV
Paving & Benches - Kobra granite benches, Roriz granite setts, Cloudy White granite blanksHardscape
Hi Grade edgingKinley
Product Spec Sheet
Linealucci Lighting
Highlight Tree Tubs
Paving & Benches - Kobra granite benches, Roriz granite setts, Cloudy White granite blanks
Hi Grade edging
by Kinley
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