Ramsay Hall and Astor College

Paul Murphy Architects, London, 2011


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  • Astor College plan    
  • Astor College ceiling plan    
  • Astor College Section A-A    
  • Astor College Section B-B    
  • Ramsay Hall Plan    
  • Ramsay Hall Trespa Fins detail    

The existing common rooms were selected for refurbishment to create a series of spaces to provide greater opportunities for relaxing and study

Two rooms were refurbished, in both student residences, one providing a mixture of soft seating and group study space and the other creating a quieter place to study.

At Astor College, an existing suspended ceiling was removed to expose a fair face concrete soffite, which was articulated with new 'door' blanks randomly suspended from the ceiling. Intimate study carrels were formed below a lower ceiling bulkhead, partially enclosed on the sides with Trespa fins.

Trespa panelling was used in both residences to define different zones, desks were bespoke and playful soft seating from Hitch Mylius, selected to give flexibility.


  • Begun: Jul 2010
  • Completed: Oct 2011
  • Floor area: 350m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Tender date: May 2010
  • Procurement: GC Works 1998
  • Address: Ramsay Hall, 20 Maple Street, & Astor College, 99 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 5HB , United Kingdom

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