Despite the scale of UCL’s estate, the University lacked good quality collegiate external space. By enclosing the services yard as an undercroft, allowed the external space above to form a new amenity for a variety of uses. Conceived as a contemporary, high quality, stone landscaped terrace set within the historic courtyard. The terrace itself is split level with the lower space serving the new Lower Refectory, which is linked by a new lift and grand staircase, creating new routes across the campus, bringing activity where previously there was very little.
A new ‘fourth façade’ completes the classical courtyard composition to the east and conceals the plethora of services required for the existing buildings and the new lower refectory. Constructed using Portland Stone and designed to classical Georgian proportions, it is a contemporary interpretation of the surrounding historic architecture and helps to tie all the courtyard elements together.
We carried out the rationalisation and detailed design of this complex courtyard infill and circulation core. The project was constructed above existing tunnels surrounded by services constraints and within a courtyard with limited access. Internal structural alterations of the new refectory included column removal whist keeping the Jeremy Bentham Library operational above.
The Architects for this project have received the following awards:
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