How community, creativity and connectivity made Croydon a healthcare education leader.
Having been undertaken in phases since September 2021 in order to optimise student intakes, it’s wonderful to have recently signed off the latest part of a project with London South Bank University (LSBU) and their location in Croydon.
In 2019 the university’s Vice Chancellor and CEO elected to expand the campus from its home in Elephant and Castle, making it the first university to open a campus in Croydon. The focus was on creating a business school and mock hospital wards for their health and social care programmes.
The timing of the project was fortuitous as Croydon had set its sights on becoming a centre of creativity, business, learning and culture. LSBU’s vision was an ideal match – the perfect catalyst for attracting a new generation to the area. Their interest in rejuvenating and using Electric House – a historic but derelict building – also chimed with their values.
Council and community
Working in collaboration with the leader of Croydon Council, the Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs and Cabinet Minister for Children, Young People and Learning, an agreement was reached for LSBU to occupy the whole of Electric House on the junction of Wellesley Road and Dingwall Avenue.
On being appointed for use by LSBU, the university’s Capital Programme Director and his team were tasked with delivering the new campus to an incredibly fast programme. They approached Maris to provide a fast-track design and build solution.
Having worked with LSBU in the past, we knew the quality and specification required by the university and were also passionate about meeting the requirements of the building and its place in the surrounding community as well as the wants and needs of students seeking the best standard of education possible. The result is a university experience like no other, and the restoration of a building in the heart of the Croydon community.
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