Masterplanning and regeneration work forms a significant part of the work of the practice both in revitalising building complexes for new or existing users and in new building and landscape planning.
The regeneration of the former Royal Hospital Buildings and the adjacent Dreadnought Hospital, which form part of the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, was a major project to provide a new Campus for the University of Greenwich, including a Library and Learning Resources Centre, teaching, staff and social space to accommodate 8,000 students.
“The buildings of the former Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, spectacularly sited on the banks of the River Thames, form part of one of the finest architectural ensembles in European architecture. These are the buildings which now provide a new ‘front door’ for the University of Greenwich.
“Dannatt, Johnson Architects were given the responsibility of regenerating these historic buildings of outstanding quality for University use, balancing the complementary imperatives of respecting the architecture of the past while fulfilling the demands of the present. This has been a remarkable achievement which reflects the architect’s belief that old buildings give a sense of the depth and continuity of life, their sense of time and quality playing a crucial role in helping us to relate to our environment.”
John Bold, former Head of the National Buildings Record
The regeneration of the University of Westminster, Marylebone Road Campus involved extending this dense urban site built in the 1970’s to provide additional teaching and administrative accommodation. This involved new structures built above and infilling below the existing, and remodelling interiors. Work included the replacement of much of the defective aluminium glazing with new insulated systems.