Octatube has been appointed as the steel and glass specialist for the refurbishment of the Old Marylebone Town Hall and Library Annexe in London. The development will expand the facilities of the London Business School in a Grade II listed building scheme that has been acquired from the Westminster City Council. Sheppard Robson has drawn the design for a state-of-the-art teaching centre, including the insertion of a new lecture theatre block and a glazed entrance foyer linking two existing buildings.
On behalf of Wates Construction, Octatube is appointed as specialist subcontractor to design, engineer, produce and install the project’s exceptional steel and glass package.
The architectural design by Sheppard Robson includes a glazed link that will have a distinctive impact on the Marylebone Road elevation, reflecting the new use. While complementing the historic and architectural interest of the existing buildings, the link will also create a dynamic entrance to the Business School. The glass and steel structure maintains views through the passage and retains the individual identity of the two existing buildings. The detailing is characterised by non-visible connections, bespoke steel mullions and large-size high performance IGU’s.
A new teaching block will replace the 1960s section of the Council House to accommodate six lecture theatres seating between 100 and 200 students. Further accommodation in the renovated interiors include a library, seminar rooms, flexible offices and faculty support facilities. Throughout both the old and new buildings, uniquely shaped roof glazing elements and large format sidelights are integrated. Also the elegant central tower is wrapped by an independent self-supporting glazed rooflight.
The overall design adds a modern learning environment within the historic premises, increasing the teaching spaces the School has available. A significant investment by London Business School will further restore the iconic building to a full state of repair. The ceremonial rooms in the Council House will be retained for use by Westminster Registrar’s Office.
Completion of the Sammy Ofer Centre is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
Picture courtesy: Sheppard Robson / AVR London