AHMM’s radical Cass transformation set to win planning

AHMM's proposals for Central House, seen from Altab Ali Park

Scheme to double height of former architecture school inspired by Turner Prize-winner

Proposals by AHMM to add six storeys to the former East End home of the Cass School of Architecture, Art and Design are set to be approved.

The practice’s plans would update the 1960s building designed by Cecil Lush and Alfred Lester, increasing its floorspace from 10,565sq m to 17,769sq m with 699sq m of ground-floor retail space. The updated building would create enough employment space for more than 1,200 people, it said.

When the Sir John Cass art faculty and London Metropolitan University merged in 2012 under the leadership of Robert Mull, two of its professors, Florian Beigel and Philip Christou of the Architecture Research Unit, were appointed to convert Central House in Whitechapel into a new faculty of art and architecture. The Cass remained there until August last year.

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