The Working Men’s College is the oldest adult education college in Europe within a Grade 11 Listed building dating from 1904. Later extensions in 1936 and 1968 introduced significant complexity in its layout and circulation.
We prepared a masterplan to make sense of the building and create more flexible teaching spaces and to address wayfinding, legibility and DDA access. Key to the scheme was the insertion of a new “heart” to the college – a new leaning resource centre and café.
A phased development programme minimised disruption to the college, and a second phase created a new main entrance, offices within a loft extension and the refurbishment of the existing building fabric.
Paul Murphy Architects were very quick to understand both the college brief and the requirements for capital funding and recognised and responded to the need to meet with the organisations whose support is key to the successful implementation of our strategy...Satnam Gill, Principal, Working Men’s College