Southwark College

A major redevelopment of Southwark College, a further education college. The work has been scheduled in two phases, with Phase 1 involving the construction of a new six-storey building providing teaching space, a new front and full-height atrium entrance, and a café, all of which link to the existing college facilities. The second phase includes the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of two new teaching blocks, one four-storeys high with a basement, and the other seven-storeys, all built around the new Phase 1 atrium.

As both phases were built the rest of the college remained a live teaching campus and so logistics and separate contractor and user access for movement and material deliveries were considered in the very early stages of the project. This was complicated by the way that Phase 2 connects to the atrium previously constructed as part of Phase 1, as construction work was occurring immediately adjacent to the very busy central circulation space, and while exams were being taken.

To speed up the programme of Phase 2, a post-tensioned concrete framed was used. This reduced the cycle time from floor to floor by at least a week and minimised changes to the backpropping arrangements at the lower floors where noisy works were most disruptive to the adjacent live teaching environment.

Clashes between pedestrian movement and materials deliveries were thought through in the very early stages of the project.

Phase I completed 2015, Phase II completed 2017.

Project Information


Southwark College


Platform 5 Architects

Richard Hopkinson Architects