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Garden Halls scoops win at Building Awards 2017

The tp bennett and Maccreanor Lavington-designed scheme was awarded Offsite Project of the Year

Posted by Julian Owen | November 21, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

The University of London’s £140 million student residential development, Garden Halls, designed by tp bennett in partnership with Maccreanor Lavington, has been awarded Offsite Project of the Year at the Building Awards 2017. The ceremony took place on Tuesday 7 November at Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

Commissioned by UPP and its partner, University of London, executive architect tp bennett worked in partnership with Maccreanor Lavington - architect for the principal façades - to design the 59,831 sq m building in the heart of Bloomsbury. The building is one of the largest student residential developments in London, with 1,200 rooms giving a 18% net increase in the university's capacity. The halls comprise a mix of catered and non-catered accommodation, with facilities including a garden café, communal areas, flexible meeting rooms, cinema room, music and games rooms as well as cycle storage and tennis courts.

Nenad Manasijevic, Principal Director at tp bennett, said: “We are thrilled to be recognised at the Building Awards for our work on Garden Halls. This project was innovative in many ways and we believe the use of offsite construction, rather than conventional in-situ build, had a huge impact on the finished design, resulting in a high-quality crafted exterior that responds to the building’s historic setting. 

“Our design caters to the flexible modern student - they no longer view accommodation as just a place to sleep, eat and study. The facilities and varied room types provided are designed to be aspirational, with social contemporary spaces so that the accommodation is an extension of the university experience.” 

Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer of UPP said: “We are delighted Garden Halls has won Offsite Project of the Year at the Building Awards. Having worked in partnership with the University of London since 2013, we are proud to have delivered this important project that offers affordable, modern accommodation combined with exceptional architectural quality.”

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