Kings College London Student Lounge
CLIENT: Kings College London
DATE: July 2019
This project involved the refurbishment of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) building student lounge at King’s College London’s Denmark Hill Campus.
The project involved a number of key structural adaptations:
- Removing the existing beam-block raised ground floor slab (partially) to create a new floor level at the existing under croft level.
- Cutting/ trimming of the existing raised ground floor slab to create an internal step in floor levels (raised ‘hub’ level).
- Creating two new openings in the existing load bearing masonry façade.
- Adding a new infill slab to bridge between the South Block and the Rear Block at raised ground floor level.
- Creating a new opening in the existing internal wall to allow for new access between the South Block and the Rear Block at raised ground floor level.
- Replacing existing lower level louvers with new concrete infill panels.
- Creating a new retaining wall to accommodate an altered landscape build-up in the existing courtyard area.
- Adding two new platform lifts (one internal, one external).
After completion of structural works, we began the M&E installation, new carpets, security, blinds and bespoke joinery which involved detailed design and an extended lead in period prior to installation.
Live working campus, challenges of noise control, dust control, whilst students were completing exams. In order to mitigate this and avoid disturbing the students we installed acoustic barriers and completed any noisy works OOH.
Logistical challenges - ingress into the building through small access area, all materials had to be brought in through the front of the building. Majority hand-balled, small excavators and dumpers used for work in close space.
Bespoke Joinery package - One of the biggest challenges was, the central hub, which was in the middle of the student lounge. To install the purpose-built joinery product within the desired period was challenging. This package of work involved, design development, manufacturing and installation on a very tight deadline.
The completed project was well received by the students and the university, the lounge area, provides a comfortable break out area, with soft seating, relaxation area, projection screen for movies and a table tennis area.