WilkinsonEyre wins major competition for a new building for the College of North West London

WilkinsonEyre has won a major competition for a new 19,000m2 landmark building for the College of North West London (CNWL) in Wembley. Located on Olympic Way the £60m scheme will offer new facilities for Digital Creative Arts (DCSI), Engineering and Construction (ENCO), Language, Education, Care and Support (LECS), as well as supported learning and sports facilities.

The WilkinsonEyre initial concept is a bold statement which expresses the key activities within the college in a series of horizontally layered elements. These are linked by highly visible vertical circulation in a full height atrium. A double height entrance foyer with café and engineering workshops animate the wide base of the building fronting Olympic Way. The main student services concourse and landscaped garden are on a raised podium above, which is accessed directly from the entrance via escalators. Above here, the atrium links all floors with new teaching areas clipped on either side of the reused concrete structure of the 1980s office building already on the site. A new Sports Hall, MUGA and outdoor gym are located at roof level.

Above the two-storey podium the cantilevered five storey teaching block reveals a diagonal trussed structure, resonating with the construction and engineering history of CNWL. The teaching facilities are currently split between a site in Willesden and the 1950s crescent building next to Wembley station. CNWL is part of the United Colleges Group that also operates City of Westminster College with sites at Paddington Green and Maida Vale.

Keith Cowell, CEO of the United Colleges Group said: “We are delighted at the prospect of working with WilkinsonEyre on this exciting project which will provide a high-quality learning environment for the College of North London’s students”