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November 4, 2013

Make completes joint facility for two UK universities

Make Architects has completed the new £33m joint facility for the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London in the UK.

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University Square Stratford

Make Architects has completed the new £33m joint facility for the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London in the UK.

The five-storey facility, dubbed University Square Stratford, has been built by construction firm VolkerFitzpatrick in association with AWW architects.

The campus features 8,600m² of teaching and performance space, as well as academic and administrative offices, orientated around a large, light-filled atrium.

The facility will also feature a student centre and helpdesk, teaching facilities including a 300-seat lecture theatre and specialist dance and theatre performance spaces.

University Square Stratford houses the Weston Learning Centre, a space for quiet independent study and learning.

Sustainable features of the building include over 700m² of solar panels, rooftop habitats to increase biodiversity, three rooftop bat boxes, rainwater harvesting, and a garden at ground level.

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Make Architects partner James Taylor said the project brings together host of different spaces, departments and functions that serve two universities in one building.

"The expressive form, granite external facades and concrete internal finishes work together to create a new landmark with a confident presence and a civic scale," Taylor said.

The facility, which secured BREEAM excellent rating, is due to open on 5 November 2013.

VolkerFitzpatrick senior project manager Anthony Clarke said, "Construction took place through the Olympics with great success and created minimal impact to local businesses due to careful planning and local liaison."

Image: University Square Stratford has been built by VolkerFitzpatrick. Photo: Courtesy of Make Architects.

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