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Bloomsbury Campus Transformation

Refectory


UCL is about to embark on a new phase of transformation at its Bloomsbury Campus to better support the needs of students and staff. This summer the refectory will be closing as the improvements to the Wilkins building begins together with the relocation of catering services ahead of the Autumn term. Read more

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UCL Bloomsbury campus transformation begins

10 April 2014

UCL is about to embark on an exciting new phase of transformation of the Bloomsbury Campus to better meet the needs of students and staff. The first of these projects will be starting with the closure of the Refectory in the Wilkins building to enable the Wilkins Lower Refectory redevelopment which is part of a £26m programme that also includes the Wilkins Terrace, a new high quality terrace covering the existing Physics Yard.

Wilkins Terrace

Project Overview

The Bloomsbury Masterplan was adopted in 2011, and detailed planning and design undertaken since then is now culminating in three major projects in the historic core of the campus.

The first of these projects will be starting with the closure of the Refectory in the Wilkins building to enable the Wilkins Lower Refectory redevelopment which is part of a £26m programme that also includes The Wilkins Terrace, a new high quality terrace covering the existing Physics Yard. This will also allow new access routes through the Wilkins to Gordon Street, improvements to the Bloomsbury Theatre including a new studio theatre, renewal of buildings infrastructure and many other improved facilities for students and staff. All these facilities are planned to open in time for the 2015/16 session.

During construction temporary catering facilities will be available in the JBR and the Old Refectory, which will be open for business in early August 2014.

The Bloomsbury Theatre main auditorium will also be undergoing refurbishment to improve the facilities and accessibility over the summer ready for re-opening in the Autumn term of 2014. 

Wates House, home of The Bartlett is also undergoing total refurbishment and a large extension, at a cost of over £30m. The project will provide additional space and a completely new environment as a new home for The Bartlett School of Architecture. The building is expected to open for start of session 2016/17.

The Kathleen Lonsdale Building is to undergo extensive refurbishment and re-planning at a cost of around £25m to provide a single home and state of the art facilities for Earth Sciences, part of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. This refurbishment also includes enhancements to the student experience with the creation of specialist teaching facilities and a learning hub. The building is expected to be complete for start of session 2016/17.

Improvements to the student experience have been key to planning particularly to provide increased study areas for both quiet and social study. A New Student Centre on the “Beach Site” adjacent to the Bloomsbury Theatre is being planned andis expected to start construction in summer 2015 and open in 2017.

An important objective for all these projects is to ensure that we achieve high standards in sustainability. All projects will be expected to achieve Excellent in the UK standards for sustainable buildings, and we aspire to Outstanding, the highest possible rating where we can.

Inevitably there will be some disruption associated with the programme. The programme team is working with departments the Students’ Union and adopting innovative approaches to minimise disruption. Engagement with key stakeholders across the campus and regular communication will be maintained.

Further information

A Transforming UCL website is being developed and will launch over the summer to support our exciting new period of development and to ensure that staff and students are kept up-to-date with the developments. This will give an overview of all the projects and give guidance on all the frequently asked questions that you might have.

Also this week we launch the ‘Transformations’ Competition, which is open to all students to design an image for hoardings in a prominent position on Gordon Street. The competition will be looking for entries that can capture the impact of our history of revolutionary research at UCL.

For more information visit the Transformations Competition information page which has an overview of the criteria and details about how to make your submission. The deadline for entries is the end of the academic year 2014. The winning entry will win £1000 and their image will be displayed on the section of hoarding on Gordon Street for the 2014/15 academic year.

Rex Knight
Vice Provost (Operations)

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