The Passmore Centre, South Bank University, London

A new business and networking hub for the university with a variety of flexible space for both mentoring and teaching, The Passmore Centre will act as a central point for independent careers advice and a bridge into the university for FE colleges.

The Passmore Centre is an innovative and state-of-the-art hub for students and employers embarking on apprenticeships in Southwark. It accommodates new teaching facilities, social and events spaces, meeting rooms and staff offices. The project includes the renovation and extension of the building and the creation of a new ‘study’ park.

The original Grade II listed building was a former library. Our proposals have sought to retain as much of the original building as possible. Both staircases are retained, original openings are revealed and unsympathetic alterations removed. New accommodation has been be added as a modern Corten clad extension to this restored shell to meet the brief and access requirements. The new facility seeks to revive and reinvigorate a valued local building with a rich past.

The project was completed in 2018 on time and within budget. Up to 2,000 students will be undertaking apprenticeships at the University every year by 2020, supported by the Passmore Centre.