The refurbishment and extension of Astor College is bringing its Halls of Residence up to a modern standard for the benefit of those attending university for the first time from September 2019, and supports UCL's commitment to improving student experience.
Accommodation is being increased with space for 291 people with ensuite accommodation and fully accessible rooms for disabled students. The works include extending the rear, remodeling of the building and the floor plan to create new 'cluster blocks' to encourage communal living and help students to develop friendships. Within the bedrooms there will be a better use of space, an increase in floor to ceiling height, as well as larger windows. As a result rooms will feel more spacious and enjoy more daylight, making accommodation more desirable for students.
There will also be recreational facilities on the ground floor, an integrated café open to the public.
The development includes some of the latest sustainable technologies such as a 'BluRoof', to improve drainage and water retention control heating plant with the adjacent Wellcome Centre - reducing energy usage in both buildings.
- Scheduled completion set for September 2019