Heart of fashion

L ondon College of Fashion (LCF), UAL leads the global world popular business, design and media education. They’ve been nurturing creative talent for over a hundred years, offering courses in every plain things fashion. Throughout its history LCF has been disseminate across six London sites, but all which will change in 2023 once the college moves to an individual campus for the very first time.

Their students could have usage of multipurpose lecture theatres and studios, galleries and interactive showcase areas. They’ll also benefit from being proudly located at London East Bank’s inspirational new culture and education district in the waterfront section of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where LCF’s new building will sit alongside other creative luminaries like the BBC, Sadler’s V&amp and Wells;A East.

Global engineering consultancy Buro Happold, has been focusing on key projects around the region since its involvement with the 2012 Olympic Games and its own legacy planning. Within a design and delivery team including (Architects) Allies & Morrison; (Cost Consultants) Gardiner & Theobald and (Construction Project Managers) Mace, a variety is being supplied by it of integrated answers to help deliver the project.

Says Damian Wines, Associate Director – Buro Happold: “Previously we’d done the Olympic Park and the stadium. We started the East Bank project around six years and carrying out a long design phase ago, we’ve been focusing on this project for about two years onsite.”

At its completion, the building shall provide 36,000m² of teaching, learning and practical facilities across 15 floors, bringing 6 together, 500 staff and students from six sites into one campus. A significant proviso for the project is in ensuring the building remains on the right track to attain a BREEAM Outstanding certification as stipulated by clients LLDC and their partner London College of Fashion, UAL.

Explains Ian Lane, Associate Director (Sustainable Operations) – University of the Arts London: “BREEAM outstanding was something we needed in the look brief and I believe we’ll have the ability to prove through this building that should you put that in to the brief from day one it could be achieved without the identifiable additional costs.”

The Buro Happold team was challenged to build up a framework to attain the BREEAM goal inside a building that will provide a complex selection of facilities accommodating a variety of uses and specialist spaces, for example, technical workshops for printing, prosthetics, textiles and hairdressing. To do this – the Buro Happold team, its clients and customers been employed by together to map out the usage of each space over typical days and semesters to generate a precise energy model that delivers the best range of services that will help promote workflow and creativity.

Explains Wines: “Stage 2 describes the first design stage, that is benchmarked, but at stages 3 and 4 you go in to the detail of the usage of the space. For instance, how the building is likely to be used. If the training students have an average 10-week semester, during the first stages of the semester some certain specific areas are employed less frequently, but towards the ultimate end of the 10 weeks, the students may have exams and assignments and could use certain spaces more intensively – so all of this information was agreed and discussed with UAL to greatly help inform the running of the building.”

Wines adds: “Daylighting is completely key to attain the carbon savings on the program, but for health and wellness so we measured glazing ratios also, as there’s always challenging between enough open windows and glazing to obtain the natural ventilation to work and an excessive amount of sun, which explains why we completed an overheating analysis, a glaze analysis and a glare analysis.”

Following extensive modelling and analysis, a 22 % reduction in skin tightening and emissions has been achieved, and a 19 per cent decrease in embodied carbon over a 60-year lifecycle. As Lane explains, the theory is to not merely ensure sustainability targets are met within the construction and design phase, but through the entire lifecycle of the building crucially. UAL were insistent that lifecycle modelling honored CIBSE’s Technical Manual 54 to make sure there was little if any performance gap from design to operation.

He says: “At this time we’ve got among the largest naturally ventilated educational buildings in London and we’ve proved the idea that can be done natural ventilation in a city, which means this is a celebration of this concept, but it’s not fully proved until it’s used.

“We lay out quite clearly at the start what we wished to achieve and there hasn’t been any ambiguity about this. On day one you want to achieve BREEAM outstanding once we said, and we want just as much natural ventilation as you possibly can. If we’d introduced those ideas through the design that could have resulted in confusion halfway. We arrived here [on site] with a good level of confidence these things were achievable as they’re goals lay out at the beginning.”