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Wilkins Building refurbishment
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The Wilkins Building in UCL is a Grade 1 Listed Building and forms one of the major statements of the architectural output of William Wilkins (1778-1839), who also designed the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and Downing College in Cambridge.

Advancing London's Global University - the Campaign for UCL, UCL's fundraising campaign, has as one of its primary objectives an ambitious plan to refurbish the whole of the Wilkins Building as a space in which to offer 21st century library and information services. UCL is already supporting this exciting vision by undertaking three phases of this work.

The achievements of the first three phases of work in this programme will be the:

  • Installation of a lift from the ground to second floors of the Wilkins Building
  • Creation of a new, cantilevered stairway, to replace the present main stair which is substantially a post-war re-construction by Albert Richardson (1880-1964)
  • Linking of the History and Jewish Studies sections of the Library on the second floor by re-designating existing spaces
  • Creation of greatly-improved public service areas for book issues/returns, enquiry and photocopying services on the first floor
  • Construction of improved facilities on the first floor for IT workstations and for film, DVD and video provision
  • Creation of a dramatic architectural space at the heart of UCL, which will will prepare users of the Library and visitors for the setting of the Flaxman Gallery
  • Provision of a new entrance to Library Services by the Octagon on the ground floor of the building, with membership services; and the creation of a new facilitation and enquiry point for the whole of UCL and external visitors to the university

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