UK Holocaust Memorial & Learning Centre, London, UK

Located next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the new UK Holocaust Memorial will honour the six million Jewish people who were murdered in the Holocaust, and all other victims of Nazi persecution, including Roma, gay and disabled people.

Its co-located Learning Centre will contextualise the Memorial above and use the stories and facts of the Holocaust to explore antisemitism, extremism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice in society today. From its location next to Parliament, it will ask questions about the role of society and its institutions in encouraging respect for others and preventing hatred.

The overarching vision for the memorial and learning centre is to retain Victoria Tower Gardens as a public park affecting minimal green space. Adjaye Associates’ proposal intervenes lightly, ensuring the park’s existing uses can be retained and enhanced rather than replaced.


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  • Project: UK Holocaust Memorial & Learning Centre, London, UK

  • Sector: Culture

  • Masterplan/Learning Centre Architect: Adjaye Associates

  • Memorial Architect: Ron Arad Architects

  • Landscape Architect: Gustafson Porter + Bowman

  • Client: UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation

  • Structural Engineering: WSP

  • MEP Engineering: WSP

  • Size: 2,645 sqm

  • Plan A Appointed: Competition - RIBA Stage 4

Plan A’s Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation and distribution of sub-consultancy agreements including scopes and responsibility matrixes. This allowed the Architect to focus on their core design skills.
  • Design management documentation including trackers, and monthly progress reports. The benefit of the trackers was to provide clarity on what decisions needed to be made and when.
  • Ensure all consultant teams were aware of the fast-paced ongoing design changes, which were either requested by the Client, due to Design Development, VE requests or unforeseen changes and ensuring any of these changes were recorded and controlled accordingly. It was necessary to ensure all changes were costed in an efficient manner for the Client to review and approve or reject each design change.
  • Provide Design Management support to allow the Lead Architect time to review, implement, reject, or justify any changes and ensure these are being resolved in a controlled and timely fashion whilst being tracked through to completion.
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