SOAS and the Great Glass Roof

By northblock|May 15, 2015|Glass Roof, North Block, Senate House|0 comments

If there’s one thing the Sistine Chapel’s taught us it’s to cast our eyes upwards once in a while; impressive roofs are everywhere from the architectural splendour of the Sydney Opera House to the feat of engineering above Wimbledon’s Court 1. And the North Block is to be no exception. The focal point of the new development will undoubtedly be the unique double-curvature glass roof over the central courtyard of

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Ten Steps to a BREEAM-Y New Building.

By northblock|February 20, 2015|Awards, BREEAM, Carbon, Cycle Storage, Environment, Glass Roof, Green Project, North Block, Rainwater Harvester, Senate House, Sustainability, University of London|0 comments

There is a buzzword in building these days – a green, faintly fishy word. BREEAM. It’s an acronym for an international, sustainable standard of construction: the altogether less memorable, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. At SOAS – as anyone who studies or teaches here will know – we care about the environment. And over the last few years the School has set itself the goal of being greener. We’ve

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An Interview with Henry Armstrong: Project Manager at Graham Construction

By northblock|November 27, 2014|Glass Roof, Graham Construction, North Block|0 comments

Can you give us an outline of the project as a whole – what are the various stages of the regeneration going to include? We are doing a complete refurbishment of the North Block of Senate House. We’re stripping out all the non-original partition walls, reinstating original and new floor finishes and upgrading and replacing the ceiling finishes. We’ll be totally re-wiring the North Block, with new electrical and plumbing

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I Would Walk Five Hundred Miles

By northblock|October 3, 2014|Cycle Storage, Glass Roof, Green Project, Informal Learning Space, Meeting Rooms, North Block, Senate House, Social Areas, Student Hub, Teaching Space, Vernon Square|0 comments

The walk from Vernon Square to the SOAS main campus takes just over twenty minutes. The journey, give or take some variation in your route, is a mile long. So, over the course of a year, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you may walk five hundred miles between the two campuses to get to lectures or meetings. The Proclaimers were prepared to travel five hundred miles twice

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