Coin Street neighbourhood centre is the second phase of the development of an urban block on the South Bank adjacent to the earlier Iroko Housing project. It is a lively mixed-use community facility that provides adult training, a creche and social enterprise support spaces; in addition to offices, conference and social spaces. The design provides a robust and adaptable framework that accommodates the current range of uses and anticipates future changes in layout and function in response to changing social demands. The physical context of the project is complex and each elevation of the building required a different response.
“This building is an exceptional success. It brings delight both to passers-by and users. I know from my own experience just how good it feels walking in to our office each day. The design team have done us proud and set a standard to which other community projects can now aspire.”
Iain Tuckett, Director, Coin Street Community Builders
Landscaped terraces and timber panels integrated the Centre with the domestic scale of the Iroko Housing to the north, whilst the more inhospitable environment of Stamford Street required a more radical response.
The festive nature of this facade was the result of a collaboration with artist Antoni Malinowski. The brilliantly-coloured panels, inspired by the facades of Venetian palazzi, are interspersed with glazing that reveal the strongly coloured surfaces behind which form buffer zones to keep out noise and pollution, and double as solar chimneys to drive the natural ventilation system. Sustainability was established as a priority for the Neighbourhood Centre. The whole building, with its variety of uses, was conceived as an inherently sustainable model for buildings which do not require a specific form to fulfil their purpose.
Coin Street neighbourhood centre
Address: 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London
Completion Date: October 2007
Construction Cost: £7.1M
Client: Coin Street Community Builders
Contractor: Rooff Limited
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Services Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
Facade Consultant: Montresor Partnership
Landscape Architect: Colvin & Moggridge
CDM Coordinator: PFB Construction Management Services
Artist Collaboration: Antoni Malinowski
AIA / UK Award
RIBA Award (London Region)