UCL Institute of Education – Phase 1

Full refurbishment of Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade II* Listed building on Bedford Way, London. The project was completed as the first part of a multi-phase Master Plan ‘back to shell’ and comprised the reorganisation and refurbishment of a significant number of spaces over 3 levels.

The main objectives of the project were to introduce new MEP services throughout, completely upgrade the building to modern standards of thermal performance as well as accessibility, relocate the student union bar and introduce new modern spaces for teaching and working whilst also returning the aesthetics of the spaces to their original brutalist splendour. New toilet accommodation, a new lift, new ancillary spaces and a new plant room were all added as part of the works. External terraces were raised as part of works to insulate lower levels.

Offices areas on level 5 were fully reorganised with the former cellular offices becoming a single open plan area supported by a series of smaller meeting rooms, support spaces, a new reception and a break-out space.

A series of teaching spaces were introduced at level 3 & 4. These were sized to suit differing class sizes to provide the University with flexibility. The spaces were fully accessible with modernised teaching facilities that could accommodate a range of learning activities.

The student union bar was relocated to Level 4. Works included a small store, kitchen, preparation areas and the introduction of unisex and accessible toilet accommodation.

The project was undertaken whilst the floors above and below where in occupation by both students and staff, careful planning and coordination was therefore key.



University College London




Design and Build


Contractor Architects


Higher Education