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A full publication will be made in due course of the ‘Brief for a New Learning Centre’. It will include many of the technical aspects of the brief for the building as well as a more colorful and descriptive part which describes the programme of activities to be considered within it. The building is imagined as a ‘pavilion for learning’ and was animated by Duggan Morris Architects in the form of  a story called ‘A Day in the life of the New Learning Centre’. When finalised and published the document will be available for download here. The response to the brief from the Trustees Group was positive and it’s key proposals are now being discussed in detail by the Team and SLAM CF.


Frontline and Duggan Morris Architects invited Paul Mitchel from SLAM CF to join them on a tour of a new learning centre at the Swiss University Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) to have a look at what the Japaneese architects SANAA have done there. For a full analysis of the building and more images visit the Building Visit section.

Jane Sayer (SLaM FT), Ken Cowdery (Frontline) and Mark Shaw (Duggan Morris Architects) visited a number of buildings completed within the last 10 years which had a similar programme or aspirations to Project Learning Potential. For a full Itinerary and detailed description/comment visit the Building Visit pages.

The team visited more London buildings, and learned more lessons, both good and bad. They were joined by Jane Sayer from SLaM and Carolyn Green also from SLaM. The buildings visited were The Franklin Wilkins Building, a ‘traditional’ university teaching building, Coin Street Community Centre, a warm and friendly community building with high quality meeting spaces, The Laban Dance Centre, a thrilling contempoary building which won the Stirling Prize and The Stephen Lawrence Centre.

The Laban Dance Centre

The team was amazed and inspired by a tour of the Bethlem Archive from Michael Phillips at the Bethlem site. They were also very impressed by the excellent work going on in The Bethlem Gallery on the site. The team would love to involve both the art collection and the work of the gallery in Project Learning Potential.

Mark Shaw from Duggan Morris Architects was fortunate to be given a tour of acute wards on the Maudsley Campus. This was followed by a discussion session about the New Learning Centre with a group of staff members from the trust where the vision document was presented and views/thoughts on the new building were discussed. It was felt to be a fantastic insight into the real work that is carried out by the trust for the team.

The team visited 4 key buildings again, this time with Jane Sayer from SLaM. The buildings were: Maggies Centre, Hammersmith, Blizard Building, Queen Mary University , Keyworth 2, South Bank University and The Idea Store, Whitechapel. For more information on these buildings, visit the building visits tab on this website or click here.

Click here to download the Vision for Learning document


We will record interviews, building visits and worshops and meetings and our thoughts and actions

We will do this through text transcripts and summaries, video and still images, diagrams and drawings