Commercial, Education

The Goldsmiths Centre

The Goldsmiths Company
Lyall Bills & Young
Image Credit
Morley von Sternberg
RIBA Award 2013
Civic Trust Award 2014

An existing Grade II Listed Victorian London Board School was restored to accommodate training space for gold and silversmiths, offices, meeting space and a café. A new four-storey building was constructed on the same site to house workshops, subsidised starter studios and rooms for events, exhibitions, conference and meeting hire. A glass entrance atrium joins the two buildings and is used for receptions.

Due to the heat and noise generated by activity in the workshops, the building needed to be air-conditioned and acoustically sealed from the neighbouring residential properties. An air source heat pump system was installed which circulated water at a constant temperature to individual heat pumps in the rooms. The system allowed heat recovery by transferring heat from areas needing cooling to those requiring heat. The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent Rating.

(Michael Popper at Michael Popper Associates)