Green light for remodelling of building at Brunel University London

24th March 2015

Sheppard Robson has received planning permission from Hillingdon Council for the remodelling of the Wilfred Brown Building at Brunel University London, creating an identity for the recently formed College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. The £13.8m scheme will include the complete internal and external transformation of the 4,710m2 building and create a new gateway at the western boundary of the university, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

Sheppard Robson has been working with Brunel University London since first masterplanning the campus in the early 1960s, designing the Wilfred Brown Building in 1968 and then adding a rooftop extension to the structure in the 1990s.

The building will be stripped back to its concrete frame and re-clad with a ‘saw tooth’ façade to the 1st and 2nd floors, comprising north-west facing clear glazing and west | south-west facing glazing with interstitial architectural mesh to provide solar shading. At 3rd floor a perforated profiled metal screen will be added, echoing the structure of the façade below and unifying the front elevation of the building.

Lee Bennett from Sheppard Robson said “We have worked with Brunel University London over a number of generations now and are looking forward to breathing new life into a Sheppard Robson project completed over 45 years ago. The ambitious refurbishment for the project has purposely been designed to be a confident and strident statement that will make the building a focal point of the campus.”

“The building is due to go onsite in September this year and is scheduled to reach completion in July 2016.”