Welfare Centre

Broadgate 5, London , 2017


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A Welfare Centre for 400 builders designed by students from re-used materials, in the Broadgate Campus.

A group of students from the University of East London (the 'Broadgate 5') had the opportunity to pay off almost a full year of tuition by winning a competition organised by Scott-Whitby Studio and Sir Robert McAlpine. They were given the opportunity to design and build a welfare centre for over 400 site operatives on British Land and GIC’s Broadgate campus near Liverpool Street - the first live project to be completed in the redevelopment of Broadgate.

A vast amount of material with short lifetimes is used for office interiors. With this in mind, the team proposed saving existing materials, destined for landfill, from a building scheduled for demolition, giving these materials a second life in a space for operatives to eat, sleep, change and shower
here were only two weeks to catalogue and save the material being taken out of Peter Foggo’s 1 Finsbury Avenue, which was being demolished down to its skeleton.

One of the designs involved transforming discarded fire doors, of which there were nearly 300, into a door-wall, standing 3.8m tall, which can be put up in 1.8m segments. The off-cuts create a patchwork design which not only bolts the wall together but also creates a feeling of warmth and intrigue in the welfare centre, a space that usually ends up overlooked in site planning.

The intentions of the project were to shine a light on, respect, and celebrate the workers that build the cities we live in.


  • Completed: 2017
  • Floor area: 545m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £150,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: n/a
  • Address: 1 Finsbury Avenue , London , EC2M 2PF, United Kingdom

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