With mathematical precision, we completed the extensive upgrade of Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) School of Mathematical Sciences Building. Located at QMUL’s Mile End Campus, the £12m refurbishment and extension project has provided 3,652m2 of academic accommodation, optimised existing space and improved the relationship between buildings in the campus realm. We also built a vibrant new communal area that allows students to socialise and congregate for special events. Aptly, given QMUL’s reputation as a worldleading research-focused institute, the building is adorned with a never-ending mathematical equation across 14 floors of its cladding.
Our transformation of the School of Mathematical Sciences Building has created the space needed for the School “to thrive as a top mathematics department”. Beginning in January 2018, our programme started with the excavation and groundworks to form a basement level extension to the north elevation that made way for the new social space area. Subsequently, we removed all of the retained building’s windows, before making structural alterations and improvements to prior works that had been carried out since the original building’s original completion. This involved a full height extension to the central core of the building. In addition, we delivered a full interior fit-out, which included the installation of new M&E plant. Demonstrating our innovative approach, our hoist and scaffolding solution was designed and built up at first floor level. This meant we could carry out the groundwork and formation of the rear extension prior to the initial programme – leading to a reduction in back end work and the de-risk of the overall programme.
“We knew that this would be a challenging project given the extent to which we wanted to upgrade and modernise our facilities. We collaborated with GRAHAM from the outset to maintain operations on campus over the course of the programme.”