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Strathclyde University to overhaul B-listed Wolfson Building

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March 24 2017

Strathclyde University to overhaul B-listed Wolfson Building
McLean Architects have brought forward proposals for internal and external alterations to the Wolfson Centre at the University of Strathclyde, including the addition of an external stair and lift core and new public realm, to accommodate growing numbers of students and researchers.

The grade B listed academic building will also be given a facelift as part of the modernisation scheme, including new cladding to the rooftop plant room and replacement glazing, as part of a general renewal of the building fabric as well as mechanical and electrical services.

Mclean Architects wrote: “It was recognised that it would be difficult to extend a building of such pure geometric form without destroying the original concept, however a unique additive form is proposed standing outwith the main plan. By orientating the flight of the stair on an east – west axis allows a discreet connection, touching lightly on the Wolfson Building and minimising disturbance of the vertical chevron cladding panels.

“The curved glazing to the new stair offers an external expression of movement through the building and allows the north elevation to be more dynamic, open and active, particularly when the building is illuminated.”

First designed by Morris and Steedman in 1969 the block is defined by its use of reinforced concrete chevron panels and dark, narrow, vertical strip windows – all of which will be respected.
An open gallery on the third level will be preserved along with its timber lining
An open gallery on the third level will be preserved along with its timber lining
Concrete repairs will be carried out to the cladding panels together with the addition of new insulation
Concrete repairs will be carried out to the cladding panels together with the addition of new insulation

2 Comments

monkey9000
#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 24 Mar 2017 at 09:45 AM
It's the clash of the geometries!
The Punmeister General
#2 Posted by The Punmeister General on 24 Mar 2017 at 13:26 PM
Wolfson in Sheep's Clothing

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