Southwark, London

The London College of Communication (LCC) is one of six colleges of the University of Arts London and the third UAL college for whom Allies and Morrison has worked. For this commission, the practice has designed a new 21st century campus for LCC that allows it to stay and grow within its Elephant and Castle home. The College has played a significant role in the area for over 50 years supporting local communities, schools, business and residents, and currently has 4,600 students and 800 staff who are vital to the local economy and the life and the area.

The new 12-storey building will be located on the north of the east site, providing LCC with a dynamic and flexible environment for its teaching, providing office accommodation of UAL’s core university service relocating over 500 jobs from other sites, as well as, relocating its renowned international language centre, its training and conferencing facilities and its Student Union. A three-storey public space provides the university with a space to exhibit special collections, showcase student work and provides a home for the Stanley Kubrik Archive.

A solid building, a rigorous horizontal and vertical grid has been used as an organisational tool to design a facade that combines elegance, simplicity and robustness with a naturally ventilated envelope and maximum flexibility in floor plan. Drawing inspiration from a ‘type case printing tray’, a nod to LCC’s origins as London College of Printing, the facade is influenced by the inner logic and principles of printing.

A dark material palette and a minimal number of facade components will help to distinguish the building from its surrounding residential and retail counterparts. The envelope has been designed as a unitised curtain wall system of external dark coloured reconstituted stone panels and internal metal opening vent panels. Windows are clustered to respond to function, but also to create an elegant pattern that will provide a striking visual effect, a landmark identified with both UAL/LCC and Elephant and Castle.


link to Elephant and Castle masterplan


London College of Communication
Structural engineer
Services engineer
Hoare Lea
Cost consultant
Gardiner & Theobald
Acoustic consultant
Hoare Lea
Townscape consultant
Travernor Consultancy
Landscape architect
Townshend Landscape Architects
Sustainability consultant
Hoare Lea
Access consultant
David Bonnett Associates
GMJ Visualisation
Hayes Davidson
Fire adviser
Hoare Lea
Planning consultant
Project management
Gardiner & Theobald
Property manager


Elephant and Castle
London SE1