Spring Grove House (listed grade II) lies at the centre of the college campus and was, until recently, completely enclosed by 1960s concrete buildings that were no longer fit for purpose.
Luke Greysmith developed the site masterplan as Project Landscape Architect for LUC, working closely with architects MacKenzie Wheeler. The layout was shaped by the desire to open up new views to the historic core from the surrounding streets and by careful retention of numerous existing trees. The overall footprint of the buildings were reduced, enabling the site to accommodate more extensive green space, including high quality lawns, sports pitches, external seating areas and a childrens nursery garden. The result is an open, light-filled campus with a sense of space using a simple palette of materials.
Luke also brought added value to the project by working with the Old Springrovians to propose and coordinate planting of a new cedar tree as a lasting legacy of the campus’ history and future.
‘One of the best campuses in the country’
Welcome to West Thames College promotional video.
Location: Isleworth, West London
Client: West Thames College
Overall construction cost: £52million
Landscape: Luke Greysmith for LUC
Architect: MacKenzie Wheeler
Main Contractor: Osborne