Chadwick Hall
Roehampton, London

Commissioned by the University of Roehampton, the three student residences are situated in the grounds of the Grade II* listed 18th Century Georgian villa Downshire House and adjacent to the London County Council’s world renowned Grade II* listed Alton West Estate. The design co-opts the garden, part of this historic parkland setting, to make a convivial plan for the student community.

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    Downshire House's garden elevation and South Court seen from west. Lynn Chadwick's The Watchers has been reinstated in the grounds
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    Location plan
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    Site plan
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    Two of the residences are planned around a sunken court that dates from the 1920s. The resulting court creates a focus for student life in the grounds of Downshire House
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    Site axonometric
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    View of sunken garden
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    Site section illustrating (from left to right) an LCC slab block, the West Court and Downshire House itself
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    The West Residence with the LCC slab block in the distance
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    Unconventional loadbearing brickwork facades mean their construction is not on the critical path. As a result a watertight envelope is achieved early enabling the fit out of the interior to progress in parallel with the brickwork.
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    The North Residence viewed from the sunken garden
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    Elevations of the North Residence
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    The North Residence viewed from Roehampton Lane
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    The West Residence viewed from the sunken garden
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    Elevations of the West Residence
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    Detail of the private balconies to the West Residence.
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    Isometric of the West Residence
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    Detail of the private balconies to the West Residence.
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    View from a student bedroom
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    The Residences pay homage to both the Georgian and the post-war architecture in their materials - brickwork and dark pre-cast concrete.
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    The South Residence viewed from the grounds of Downshire House
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    Elevations of the South Residence
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    The South Residence viewed from the historic tree boundary
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    Bay window detail of the South Residence
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    The South Residence staircase
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    The South Residence staircase
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    A communal kitchen dining space within the South Residence, looking towards the sunken garden in the distance.
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    A communal kitchen dining space within the West Residence
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    A typical student bedroom with french doors leading to a private balcony overlooking the grounds of Downshire House


  • Appointment: 2012
  • Construction start: 2014
  • Completion: 2016
  • Area: 6365m2
  • Budget: £12.6m
  • Sustainable credentials: BREEAM Very Good
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: University of Roehampton
  • Contractor: Morgan Sindall
  • Services Engineer: Skelly & Couch
  • Structural Engineer: Cambell Reith
  • Quantity Surveyor: Bernard Williams Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Gross Max
  • Project Manager: Garndiner & Theobald
  • Planning Consutant: Boyer Planning
  • Heritage Consultant: Urban Counsel
  • Building Inspector: MLM


  • David Grandorge, ‘Hard and Soft’, in: Architecture Today (May 2017), pp.30–41
  • ‘Halls for Roehampton University’, in: Brick Bulletin (2014), p.4
  • ‘First Look’, in: Building Design (24 January 2014), p.4
  • ‘Emphasising the monolithic and enduring properties of architecture’, in: Higher Education Estates (July 2017), pp.20–21
  • Henley Halebrown: Chadwick Hall’, in: Domus, issue 1017 (Editoriale Domus S.p.A, Milano, 2017), pp.62–71
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