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Student Centre wins global architectural prize

8 February 2021

The UCL Student Centre has just been awarded the 'Special prize Interior' for campuses in the prestigious Prix Versailles world architecture award.

UCL Student Centre

In March 2020, it also won a Civic Trust award in recognition of its intelligent design which the judges felt enhanced the public realm in Bloomsbury.

Designed by UCL alumnus and lead architect James Eades, of Nicholas Hare Architects, the Student Centre opened in February 2019.

Since then it has established itself as the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. The building includes 1,000 study spaces over eight levels as well as a rooftop terrace, a café and a landscaped courtyard. It offers space for UCL’s students to think, explore, collaborate, discover and challenge.

The centre has now won 11 awards, including the Higher Education Project prize at the 2019 Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards, the Building Performance prize in the 2019 Building Awards and the Judges' Inspiration prize at the 2019 Institute of Civil Engineering Awards. It also achieved a a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Outstanding’ rating, reflecting exceptional environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.

The Student Centre forms a key part of Transforming UCL, a £1.25 billion ten-year programme of investment in UCL’s estate across London to support the university’s growth. It is managed by Library Services.

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