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Lambeth College Nine Elms

Lambeth College and Shay Murtagh joined forces in the summer of 2017 to develop a state-of-the-art education facility at Nine Elms, London.

Evans by Shay Murtagh designed and manufactured the architectural precast external hard landscaping units as part of the new London South Bank Technical College development (STEAM centre) at Nine Elms in Vauxhall London. The STEAM centre is a new educational facility for a range of subjects for students in the London Borough of Lambeth.

The concept for the external landscaping was developed by Tri External Landscape Design LLP, who contacted Evans in November 2021 to request advice on panelisation, colour and finish options along with incorporating lighting and timber features into the precast units.

The redevelopment of the Nine Elms campus is an education-led scheme that provides increased educational floor space, student housing, and a shared workspace. The main contractor Graham Construction then appointed Evans to complete the detailed design and manufacture of these units in March 2022.

We manufactured and delivered 90 precast concrete units, including concrete bench seating, and retaining walls, in a limestone architectural mix with an acid-etched finish. The hard landscaping is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and enjoyed by the students and local communities.

The 10-storey STEAM centre provides a range of teaching and support spaces, including a 2-storey main entrance, a cafe/social learning space, and large workshops for construction skills training.

The building features double height spaces and a central corridor for easy navigation. A series of larger double-height 'Digital Spine' spaces at the prominent South-East corner of the building provide cross-college facilities and create a series of shopwindows to the busy Wandsworth Road.

Evans Concrete by Shay Murtagh is proud of its collaboration with the main contractor, Graham Construction Limited, and all stakeholders are enthusiastic about the outcome of the concrete bench seating units. The London South Bank Technical College at Nine Elms in Vauxhall, London, perfectly blends in with the stunning architecture of the neighbourhood and provides a unique character to the educational area.

The final design for the hard landscaping consisted of 90 precast units forming planters, timber clad seating areas and entrance walls. All units were manufactured in a limestone architectural mix with an acid etched final finish. The project was completed in Dec 2022.



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