Queensway House

Stratford, London

Queensway House

A fantastic new home for the Mary Ward Centre, an adult education charity, providing a new multi-functioning performing arts theatre, café/restaurant, community spaces and offices in East London.

SD have worked closely with the client and design team to redevelop and revitilise their new site at Queensway House in Stratford, London, facilitating the relocation from their existing premises at 42 Queens Square London WC1. The new building will provide the flexibility required to host the portfolio of innovative and wide-ranging adult educational courses provided. Key spaces will include a multi-functioning performing arts theatre, café/restaurant, community spaces to be made accessible to vulnerable people and offices for the workers at the centre.

The selected site for the new centre was a run down 1970s concrete framed office building which had been derelict for a number of years. The building was 60% too small for Mary Ward’s needs, so demolition and new build, and extensive refurbishment and vertical extension were two options considered for the site. Through extensive investigations into the existing building structure and detailed analysis, SD Structures were able to justify reuse of the part 3, part 4 storey frame and foundations, for two additional stories, with only minimal strengthening works required. A new central lift core provides step free access to all floors and is used to bolster the buildings stability system. The option to retain and vertically extend the building not only provided cost and programme saving to the client but a significant reduction in embodied carbon over the demolition and new build solution.