Topping out marks new era for East Ham campus

19 December 2012 in Business and Education
The seal of approval has been placed on the multi-million pound regeneration of one of East Ham’s most important landmarks.
Completion of external building work at the East Ham Civic Campus – part of the first phase in the £27.5m project - was marked with an early morning topping out ceremony on 6 December.

The new customer service centre and library is part of a Newham Council regeneration project that has created a three-floor, 33,000 sq ft building. It will house a modern, state of the art and accessible library alongside customer services such as Council Tax and benefits advice.

Some of the existing listed buildings at the East Ham Campus are also being refurbished as part of this first phase of works on the site.

The Grade II* listed technical college, which was disused, is being renovated as part of the re-invigoration of the campus. The upgrade also includes improving disability access to the existing public campus buildings.

The transformation is being carried out by BAM Construction who worked on the Chobham Academy in the Olympic Park.

The architects on the project are Rick Mather Architects, who designed the stunning new Ancient Egypt and Nubian galleries at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxfordshire, work which won them the RIBA award for the year’s greatest contribution to architecture.

Preliminary work on the East Ham site began back in July and with this topping out the project as a whole is on schedule to be completed in autumn 2013.

Deputy Mayor of Newham, Councillor Lester Hudson, said: “This is a significant milestone for both the project and for Newham. East Ham’s town hall has been at the heart of our community for generations and is now set for a new lease of life.

“By creating a modern campus and service centre, we are doing something that will help create a resilient community that embraces the challenges of the 21st Century. We are doing this at a time when many other councils are cutting back on facilities and services.”

Councillor Conor McAuley, executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, said: “This superb new building will provide excellent facilities for council staff and local residents. The wider development is also a sign that the London commercial market is moving in the right direction. Newham Council is happy to be playing a part in kick-starting East Ham’s economy by being involved in such project.”