Case Study: London South Bank University
An existing 1970s concrete-framed structure has been transformed into the LSBU Hub, an open, welcoming centrepiece for their campus at Elephant & Castle in inner South London.
By retaining the existing structure the total embodied carbon has been calculated at 375 kgCO2e/m2which is a 40% reduction compared to a new build equivalent. This reduction is extended to 70% for the structural elements of the scheme.
The “deep renovation” offers an uplifting impression to contemporary students, staff and the surrounding community; creating a light and open environment in complete contrast to the character of the old building. Through adaptive re-use the design shows what can be possible within the constraints of an outdated 70’s concrete structure, and offers a template for the future-proofing of similar buildings.