Lambeth College STEAM Centre
Completion Date Due September 2021
Contract Value £28m
Client Lambeth College / South Bank Colleges
ArchitecturePLB are currently working on designs for a new 10,000 sqm STEAM centre at Nine Elms, Lambeth. The purpose-designed building for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths will be the first phase of a wider masterplan which will transform the college’s Nine Elms campus and provide 25,000 sqm of further education floorspace including teaching and learning facilities, student accommodation and incubator workspaces.
The first phase, the STEAM building, represents a significant investment in London’s Further Education Infrastructure. The scheme is designed to be a distinctive building that will form a strong identity for the campus. The Centre’s form is made up of two interlocking elements. The upper floors; wrapped in a pleated bronze façade will sit on a heavyweight two-story black brick base.
Departments are typically grouped across two floors each with their own double-height social learning space forming a ‘digital spine’ which runs up through the southeast corner of the building. These spaces will act as a ‘home base’ for students between lessons. At ground floor level the southeast corner will act as the building’s main entrance and shop frontage. The lower floors will house the construction department and feature large windows allowing views into the active workshop spaces.
As part of the wider masterplan, three additional phases have also been granted outline permission. Together the buildings will form a coherent college campus with engaging pedestrian through-routes. ArchitecturePLB has developed a design code to inform the character and quality of future phases.