In a bid to provide more facilities for local entrepreneurs and graduates, London South Bank University has transformed 17 derelict, Grade 2 listed buildings.
They have created workspaces for 156 start-up businesses in a large-scale restoration project, known as The Clarence Centre. One year after opening its doors, local communities and industry leaders have hailed the project as a success, which was highly commended at the AJ Retrofit Awards in September.
Elm Workspace, London South Bank University and RSSA architects worked on the design aspects; Elm specified, planned and installed the furniture, including bespoke bench seating within the business lounge. The derelict buildings have been transformed into modern and adaptable spaces for individuals and small start-ups.
The building’s period features have been incorporated into the new interior layout, including the existing Georgian windows and original brickwork. The former public house entrance reunites the university buildings, merging the new build with the renovated Grade 2 listed structures and maintaining an integral part of St George’s Circus conservation area.
As well as receiving a Civic Trust Commendation in 2014, the centre was also commended at New London Awards 2014, as well as the aforementioned AJ Retrofit Awards 2014.