A new public square in the heart of UCL's Bloomsbury Campus, which veils a service yard beneath a meeting place, and forged an elevated pathway through campus.
9 August 2021
It feels as though it's always been here...
"The success of this magical, elegant new space, conjured out of what was an old physics yard, is that it manages to feel new, contemporary and uplifting whilst being so sympathetic to the original architecture that it feels as though it’s always been here."
~ Professor Susan Collins, Director, Slade School of Fine Art
Sustainability, Inclusion, and Access
Images 1 & 5 ©Ben Blossom. Images 2-4 ©UCL Digital Media
Major improvements to building fabric using highly durable materials ensure a long life span with minimal maintenance. UCL installed energy monitoring systems with new efficient heating and cooling systems below the terrace to reduce energy consumption and boost occupant comfort. The terrace has been planted with grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers that creates a verdant border along the northern edge and a shaded, dry seating area in the summer. Upgrades to sanitary facilities have reduced water usage.
Ornamental trees have been woven through an organic frame to create a living, growing display, while the metal frames over the seating area support climbing plants. Increasing biodiversity and green space around campus is part of UCL's 'Wild Bloomsbury' commitment to creating 10,000m2 of new biodiverse space by 2024. Visit the 'ChangePossible' sustainability strategy for more information. The redevelopment of Wilkins Terrace has created a fantastic new public space with a step-free thoroughfare, and elevator enabling a change of levels. This redevelopment has given a boost to walking which supports the University’s wellbeing strategy ‘Wellbeing@UCL’.
Architects and Contractors
A strong foundation: watch the timelapse of the service yard being transformed into the Wilkins Terrace
Architects Levitt Bernstein worked with representatives to implement a design that created a space for the whole university. Portland Stone was provided by Szerelemy, BDP provided lighting services, IQ Projects provided the lift and architectural glazing, and construction was carried about by various contractors.
- Civic Trust Awards 2019: Winner
- Civic Trust Awards 2019, Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design: Regional Finalist
- AJ Architecture Awards 2018, Landscape Architecture of the Year: Finalist
- Natural Stone Awards 2018, Landscaping: Commended
- Camden Design Awards 2022, Shortlisted
- RIBA Awards 2018, London: Shortlisted
- New London Awards 2018, Public Spaces: Shortlisted
- Lux Awards 2018, Hospitality, Leisure and Faith Project of the Year: Shortlisted
- New London Awards 2014, Education: Shortlisted