London South Bank University enterprise centre to receive public realm design award
22 January 2014
Having lain derelict for decades, the Grade II-listed
Georgian buildings of St George's Circus in Southwark were reopened in
September as the Clarence Centre, a home for the local business community. It aims to create an entrepreneurial
melting pot where businesses, start-up and established, can benefit from
networking and cross-pollination of ideas.
Designed by architects Rivington Street Studio, the terraces combine both formal office
and retail with public space and informal working areas. The building
is a significant
contribution to the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle and will now receive a Civic Trust Award, Commendation or Community Recognition at a ceremony in March.
Commenting on the centre's opening last year, LSBU Pro
Vice-Chancellor (External) Beverley Jullien said: "This is a significant
milestone in London South Bank University's vision to become 'London's
"The Clarence Centre will reinforce the university's
commitment to business start-ups and knowledge transfer, creating invaluable
space and resources for local businesses. It will foster the entrepreneurial ambitions of students
and staff, supporting them to make even closer connections with business and
Among the first to move into the new centre were the
university's own student entrepreneurs and enterprise team, and the centre
gives the university the opportunity to expand its student and graduate
business incubation programmes.
The university is also working with Capital Enterprise, the
membership organisation for providers of business advice, to develop an
approach to 'crowd-sourcing' an extensive programme of events. The idea is to
promote engagement between the university and its students, business tenants, and
the wider community.
The Civic Trust Awards were established in 1959 to recognise
the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art.