UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


Kathleen Lonsdale Building refurbishment


A phased refurbishment throughout the Kathleen Lonsdale Building (KLB) has begun for this Grade II listed building. 

The refurbishment will provide improved teaching, research and social learning spaces throughout for Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry.

Significant modifications are planned to improve access around the building, as well as improving environmental performance and space utilisation.

KLB was constructed in 1915 as the first purpose-built Chemistry building for UCL. Over the years it has been adapted to suit different UCL departments and as a result has become somewhat fragmented, with complex circulation routes on upper levels.

The refurbished spaces will seek to improve the legibility of spaces, reduce the amount of cellular office space and as a result provide better utilisation of space. The project will consolidate the department of Earth Sciences within KLB, whist also maintaining and refurbishing office and laboratory spaces for the existing occupants that form part of the Faculty.

"KLB renovation will see the Department of Earth Sciences co-located, fulfilling our vision of the last thirty years that has seen the department gain a place among the elite. Renovation will transform our student’s experience through dramatically improved teaching labs and hub space. Co-location of our research labs and academic staff will facilitate student’s engagement with the frontiers of knowledge, while allowing us to build on our foundations of academic leadership and intellectual excellence.” - Prof Lars Stixrude, head of Earth Sciences.