The Client brief was to design an interior for The National Skills Academy that would reflect the banking / business world, creating an environment for easy transition from college to work.
The main hall, which is locally Listed, is the ‘jewel in the crown’ and was the most difficult section of the building to resolve and fit into the overall requirements. We created a space that was not only multi-functional but was also in keeping with its outstanding original features. We restored, renovated and refurbished the upper gallery space utilising linear lighting and minimal screens.
The lower open plan area was designed to resemble a modern day banking hall with quiet meeting/study areas and larger spaces where seminars could be conducted. We also specified modular work pods which could be wheeled in and out when required to create a flexible space that could be swiftly changed into an open plan space.
The main reception area is light and airy with a central sign-in reception desk; it leads into an internal meeting / teaching space and café.
A comprehensive solution to make the building DDA compliant and accessible was implemented, with a new passenger lift in the existing ‘lightwell’.
- International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage 2010
- Selected for the ’50 Years of London Architecture’ Exhibition 2010
- Winner of the RIBA / LSC FE Sustainability Award 2009
- Highly Commended for the RIBA / LSC FE Design Excellence Award 2009