22 August, 2023
Reinventing an icon
London South Bank University

Turning an Art Deco building into a university centrepiece.

When London South Bank University had the chance to turn an iconic but derelict Art Deco building into a state-of-the-art student experience, they knew they had both a challenge and an opportunity on their hands. It was an opportunity to turn their vision for a space that really supports student needs into a reality, but it was a challenge to do that whilst also restoring the Grade I listed property. To make it happen, they came to Maris.

A building with purpose

Electric House is an impressive, Art Deco building in Croydon, which was originally owned by Electricity Board. While the university’s main campus is in Elephant and Castle, the position of this new space means that not only can they add facilities that they want, but it’s located in a way that makes the university more accessible to a new student populous heading out towards Surrey.

At the time of starting the project, Electric House had sat derelict for about 15 years, but what the university envisaged was space to create two floors for their business school as well as a floor of mock hospital wards including a physiotherapy suite for their health and social care programmes.

Creating a plan

London South Bank University approached us with a loose design brief, from which we set about creating an approach that matched their timeline, budget and scope. It was essential that it was addressed with sensitivity and consideration.

Maris was set to manage the whole process from change of use to the full Cat A and Cat B fit out and weatherproofing. However, this needed to be done within the parameters of the Grade I listing, keeping intact as many original features as possible alongside creating a new dynamic teaching environment for nursing and business.

From the start, Croydon Council were extremely supportive and involved, from the initial stages of the design to the technical details and as construction commenced.

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