HULT International Business School

Rigorous discipline with sureness of touch

· Credit: Kristien Daem

HULT International Business School

Sergison Bates Architects for HULT International Business School

Contract value: £3.7m. GIA: 4300m2


Conversion of a grade II-listed brewery and a concrete framed extension provides a new undergraduate campus for this business school. The main move is the insertion of a bold and generous open timber staircase in a previously uninhabited atrium space, creating a new focus of interaction and movement in the building.

  • · Credit: Kristien Daem
  • · Credit: Kristien Daem
  • · Credit: Sergison Bates
  • · Credit: Sergison Bates

The design’s strength is that the existing building is left free to express itself. High ceilings, existing timber and concrete floors and elegant free-standing columns are treated with a light touch. All the new insertions are constructed from lime-washed timber, which provided a clarity and harmony in the expression of the new and existing elements of the design. The result combines rigorous discipline with a sureness of architectural touch – the work of truly skilled hands.


See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards 2015 – London