Chadwick Hall Roehampton, London 2012–2016

Shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2018 and nominated for the EU Mies Award in 2019, 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 Residence seen from west. Lynn Chadwick's The Watchers has been reinstated in the grounds
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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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    View of sunken garden
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    The West Residence viewed from the sunken garden
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    Location plan
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    Site plan
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    Site axonometric
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    The North Residence viewed from Roehampton Lane
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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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    Site section illustrating (from left to right) an LCC slab block, the West Residence and Downshire House itself
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    Detail of the private balconies to the West Residence
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    Model of balconies to 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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    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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    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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    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 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 (pre contract): Buro Happold Engineering
  • Structural Engineer (post contract): Campbell Reith
  • Quantity Surveyor: Bernard Williams Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Gross Max
  • Project Manager: Garndiner & Theobald
  • Planning Consutant: Boyer Planning
  • Heritage Consultant: Steven Bee Urban Counsel
  • Building Inspector: MLM



  • Fritz Höger Award for Brick Architecture, Residential Building/Apartment Complex, (Winner Silver) 2020
  • EU Mies Award, (Nominated) 2019
  • RIBA Stirling Prize, (Shortlisted) 2018
  • RIBA National Award, 2018
  • RIBA Regional Award, London, 2018
  • New London Awards, Housing, (Shortlisted) 2018
  • Wandsworth Mayor's Design Award, 2017
  • Wandsworth Design Award, 2017
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