The Goldsmiths’ Centre is dedicated to sustaining goldsmithing in the UK - it is also a sustainable development in its own right.
Throughout construction, minimising impact on the local and global environments was our first priority. The Centre’s design exceeds the current BREAAM excellent rating for its environmental friendliness; it has a bio-diversity roof to encourage wildlife, combines photo-voltaic cells and air-source heat pumps to minimise energy usage and utilises rainwater harvesting for grey water use.
From the outset, the Goldsmiths’ Centre was designed to be more than just two spaces joined by a glass atrium. Specified in consultation with the craft and industry, it is a place that lives and breathes creativity and craftsmanship, providing facilities of the highest standard for members of the jewellery, silversmithing, and allied trades, the local community and the general public.
Key facts about our building
- The Goldsmiths’ Centre site comprises
- 23 workspaces including 9 starter studios
- Atrium, conference and meeting rooms available to hire
- 1,450 ft² gallery space
- The Café - open to the public, local residents, businesses and the trade
- Training workshops and learning spaces for goldsmiths, silversmiths, jewellers and allied crafts people at every stage of their development
- The development was designed by a team led by Lyall, Bills & Young LLP Architects
- Old and new materials have been used to reflect the historic roots of today’s modern industry - York stone and brass have been used in conjunction with glass to complement the London stock brickwork of the existing school building
- The redevelopment of the 1872 London Board School, as a training and education facility honours its roots as a place of learning
- The whole site is designed for purpose with double glazing and acoustic treatment to interior surfaces to minimise noise both inside and outside the Centre
- The Centre has been acknowledged as a ground breaking architectural space and won a RIBA award as the one of the best designed workspaces in the East London region in 2013 and a worldwide Civic Trust Award in March 2014 - you can read full details in our Press & Media section