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London Screen Academy - Islington, London

The structural refurbishment of building sections to create a specialist film school

Project Stats

54 weeks
Multi-million pound contract
87,000 sq ft
Digital Construction, Education

Project Story

Willmott Dixon Interiors delivered a combined refurbishment with new build elements to create the new Headquarters of the London Screen Academy.

Originally a “U” shape building, a new infill has been constructed to create film and TV studios within the new space with an amenities area at roof level. Approximately 87,000 square feet of space has been created with new state of the art technology provided in the studios. Heavy infrastructure was carried out in connection with this. Other teaching and administration space has been housed within the existing footprint of the building. In addition, a new substation has been built. There is an overall balance of scope of works between structural and fit out.

Sustainable technologies were also embedded, we used the BREEAM ‘Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014’ standard, and the project was delivered to BREEAM Very Good level.

A key aspect was a heating system that makes use of passive heat recovery, using outdoor air to cool the building where possible. Further low carbon technologies include 100% LED lighting throughout the building, with additional daylight dimming functionality and presence detection. Extensive electricity, water and gas metering was installed and is monitored by the Building Management System (BMS) so that data can be analysed to further optimise energy usage.

The building’s roof has a green area to enhance biodiversity, solar PV panels to generate renewable electricity and export back to the national grid, achieving cost savings, improving occupancy wellbeing and retaining the building’s existing character.

The project was shortlisted for awards at Construction News Awards 2020 and Building Awards 2020
Project Outcomes
  • New building for specialist film school for 16-18 year olds
  • State of the art studios incorporating the latest technology
  • Stunning roof terrace created with cinema facilities
  • BIM Level 2 was implemented to support the construction, operation and maintenance stages
  • Use of digital construction provided transparency for the entire project team
  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014’ standard

Project Team

Consultant team
Architect: Architecture Initiative
Project Manager: MACE Group
Cost Consultant: MACE Group
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Services Engineer: WSP
“The brief has been executed really well, it’s been quite a challenge, certainly I think if you talk to the trust, they had a very specific vision for the project, that vision has been delivered very effectively within the space. The relationships have been very good and the result has been excellent, which is always the proof of the pudding. ”
Will Mumford
Associate Director - Development, LocatED

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