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Stephen Lawrence Centre by Adjaye Associates

Stephen Lawrence Centre, an educational centre designed by Adjaye Associates, has opened in London, England.

Built in the memory of murdered architecture student Stephen Lawrence, the centre is dedicated to improving opportunities for young black people in south London.

Photos are © Lyndon Douglas.

Here's some info from the architects:


Stephen Lawrence Centre —Educational Centre
London, 2007

Adjaye Associates won the invited competition to design the Stephen Lawrence Centre. The centre is both a memorial and a place of inspiration in honour of Stephen Lawrence, the architectural student murdered in 1993.

The Stephen Lawrence Centre is located in Brookmill Road, Lewisham and opened in autumn 2007. It offers services to the general population of the Lewisham area but has a unique contribution to make in relation to improving the life chances of black Caribbean and African young people. The Centre works closely with partners in the area to tackle under achievement and to increase young people’s motivation to embrace education and overcome the barriers of the fulfillment of their potential in life.

The centre comprises meeting rooms, classrooms, IT labs, offices and exhibition space. Highlights of the centre’s programming activities include their successful mentoring programme, the Community Empowerment Education Programme and the Creative Arts Laboratory, a seperate adjacent building containing studios equipped with equipment for recording, video editing, music, mixing and local broadcasting.

January 2004—2007
Total contract value £4m (target and actual)

Client body/Reference:

Doreen Lawrence
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
The Stephen Lawrence Centre
39 Brookmill Road
London SE8 4HU
United Kingdom

Architect – Adjaye Associates

Project Manager – Turner and Townsend

Quantity Surveyor – Turner and Townsend

Structural Engineer – Price Myers

Mechanical Engineer – Faber Maunsell