LSBU celebrates the opening of the new award-winning Clarence Centre
23 September 2014
LSBU has been providing flexible space
for small businesses since the 1980s, and have expanded this provision with a
brand new building dedicated to enhanced business support offering a permanent base
for student entrepreneurs to run their start-ups and enterprising projects.
The official opening on Monday 22
September follows on from the Clarence Centre design being highly commended at
the AJ Retrofit Awards 2014. The AJ Retrofit Awards reward and celebrate design
engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of
buildings and infrastructure.
After a large number of entries from a
range of different projects, the Clarence Centre's innovative design by
acclaimed architects Rivington Street Studio impressed the judges in the 'Higher
Education project over £5m' category.
lain derelict for decades, the Grade II-listed Georgian buildings of St
George's Circus in Southwark were reimagined as a home for the local business
community by LSBU. Located just minutes from Waterloo and London Bridge, it
is designed as a friendly place where small businesses can benefit from
networking and cross-pollination of ideas.
opening event saw LSBU Chancellor Richard Farleigh officially launch the centre
in front of a crowd of London's business leaders as well as LSBU students and
a plaque to commemorate the event, Richard Farleigh praised the university's
commitment to fostering enterprise, and said: "Entrepreneurship is about
knowledge, imagination and motivation – all things that LSBU inspires in its
Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Phoenix remarked at the opening event: "In
addition to providing support for businesses and students, the Clarence Centre
is a focal point for people to come together in conversation. That is what a
university is about – creating spaces to share ideas and opportunities."