Peter Murray

 

On 4 September Euan Macdonald (Hawkins\Brown) and Kevin Jones (UCL) took members on a  special Behind the Scenes tour of one of the world’s most renowned architecture schools. Roger Cline was among the visitors.

The original building was erected in 1974 with funding from Wates the building contractors and hence called Wates House. It had a concrete frame with T-section vertical columns and brick facing, the stems of the eternal columns forming a series of vertical ribs around the building. It housed 380 students and 90 staff over five floors which also included a staff flat. With a three-fold increase of students since then it was decided to refurbish the building to provide bigger and better teaching facilities. Initially the budget was £5million,

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