The new Media & Communications building at Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London, is a purpose-built facility on a prominent location overlooking the campus Green. The building unites two previously separate departments. Our structural, building services civil and geotechnical engineers all contributed to the project, designed by architect Stride Treglown.
The five-level steel frame structure includes a full-footprint basement. Its design had to meet a number of structural challenges, including the accommodation of a double height theatre, TV studio and lecture spaces in the basement. Our solution for these is several transfer structures, which not only provide the open floor areas needed but also allow for full utilisation of the floor plates above.
The building is clad on three sides with distinctive metal panelling. On the front façade, facing the Green, full-height glazed curtain walling allows natural light to flood the circulation atrium/concourse. Inside, the corridors to various floors are cantilevered into this space, and informal meeting areas project through the glazing. Also in the atrium are a feature staircase and café facilities. A rooftop terrace runs along this elevation.