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UCL Oculus and Octagon Gallery wins Camden Quality Award

27 November 2013

Last week UCL's Oculus and Octagon Gallery won an award in the Best Small Development category in the Camden Business Awards.

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These highly competitive awards are selected in recognition of quality design in the Camden borough. Previous award winners include the Roundhouse, St Pancras Station, Swiss Cottage Central Library and the restoration of Russell Square Gardens.

The transformed Oculus and Octagon Gallery features new cases, animations and interactive screens to display treasures from UCL's museums collections to the general public. The space also holds artist John Flaxman's plaster study St Michael Overcoming Satan standing on an impressive glass plinth. The Oculus provides a view from the ground floor to the impressive interior of the iconic Wilkins dome. This has been beneficial for students, staff and visitors to the university.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our staff who made this project a success in the heart of UCL's Bloomsbury estate. To learn more about the awards click here and to view a UCL video on the project click here.

Greg Beach,  Director of Capital Projects, UCL Estates