UCL Laws celebrates hoardings removal at Bentham House
12 February 2018
UCL Faculty of Laws celebrates the removal of the hoardings at Bentham House after two years and a half of redevelopment works.
The 1928 frontage, designed by architects Hubert and Hubert Martin Lidbetter, and the original 1957 art deco Eastern doors, are now finally visible to the public for the first time in decades, restored as a stated ambition of the Bentham House Redevelopment Project.
With the removal of the hoardings, the new Portland Stone frontage that replaces the neighbouring 1964 building and forms the new south wing, has now become fully visible from Endsleigh Street for the first time. The new frontage, designed by architects Levitt Bernstein, sympathetically complements the art deco styling and materials of the original front of Bentham House, and represents the first main visual that staff, students and visitors will see of the ambitious £24m redevelopment.
The removal of the hoardings represents the beginning of the winding down of works at Bentham House ahead of reoccupation in late March and UCL Laws’ transition back to its historic and much loved home since 1965.
The redevelopment of Bentham House has been delivered by UCL Estates as part of Transforming UCL, the largest capital programme in the university’s history. Transforming UCL will see substantial investment of over £1.2 billion over a 10-year period to refurbish and develop some of UCL’s most iconic buildings whilst also bringing forward new world class buildings. Together these will enable and support the University’s continued growth.