London South Bank University \

A one-stop-shop for social and pastoral student support

The new Student Centre at London South Bank University provides an inclusive one-stop-shop for social and pastoral student support at the central London campus.

Our approach was to transform an undercroft car park and first floor refectory space, by providing a new envelope and cutting a hole through the existing structure to bring natural light deep into the double height space. What used to be a dark and underused corner of the campus is now a bright and vibrant student focused facility that also acts as a new main entrance into the campus from Borough Road.

The ground floor is organised as a market place from which students can access a range of support services including careers advice, counseling and finance. A new flexible venue space was designed to be a dedicated facility for general use, as well as being able to expand across the whole of the ground floor for larger events. On the first floor, a new social learning café provides a range of different informal work settings with a state of the art ICT infrastructure. Offices for the Student’s Union and Student Life Centre stretch along the Borough Road Façade.

“We particularly enjoy the way the project works at so many scales from the urban place-making through the architecture and the attention to providing flexible space for future events including the connection to Edric Hall.”

Mary Jane Rooney, Director of Architecture, LSBU

Project Summary


  • BD Architect of the Year Awards 2013 - Refurbishment - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards 2013 - Education (Sixth Form - University) - Shortlisted
  • Leaf Interior Design Awards 2013 - Best use of space - Shortlisted
  • AJ Retrofit Awards 2013 - Higher Education - Winner
  • New London Awards 2013 - Education - Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 2013 - London Regional Award - Shortlisted
  • Design Week Awards 2013 - Hospitality and Workplace Interiors - Shortlisted
  • Building Design Awards 2011 - Education Architect of the Year - Shortlisted

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