Foster Court

Paul Murphy Architects, London, 2011


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  • Existing - demolition plan    
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The project involved the reconfiguration of a redundant basement space to provide new teaching and learning places, creating spaces for individual and colllaborative group study

Various desk layouts were studied to explore the most efficient layout and which gave the greatest opportunity for students to collaborate. 'Petal' shaped desks were selected, seating eight students, where the desk geometry encouraged interaction.

These were grouped around existing cast iron columns along with studded iron beams, which were celebrated in the new space

New power and data services were fed below a new raised floor, while at ceiling level new floating rafts, situated between the existing beam, deliver artificial light, tempered air and acoustic attenuation.


  • Begun: Apr 2011
  • Completed: Sep 2011
  • Floor area: 222m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Tender date: Jan 2011
  • Procurement: GC Works 1998
  • Address: University College London, Foster Court, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JG, United Kingdom

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