• Architecture
  • Education

Kathleen Lonsdale Building, Camden


This substantial Grade II listed five-storey building on Gower Place was constructed in 1915 as the first purpose-built Chemistry building for University College London. The building had aged and been subsequently adapted on an ad hoc basis, meaning we were tasked with a wholesale refurbishment.

We have radically reconsidered movement potential throughout the building, improving its legibility and rationalising spaces to make them work more effectively. We have restored the original form, spaces, and features wherever possible.

As well as consolidating the Earth Sciences department, we have improved the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences facilities, including teaching spaces, research offices, and high specification laboratories. A variety of break-out areas, a new student hub, and innovative furniture solutions create opportunities for collaborative team working, small informal meetings, and general socialising.

For more details, read our Project Story.

Project Details:

Rationalising and refurbishing a Grade II listed teaching facility in the heart of UCL's campus.

Client: University College London

Construction Value: £13m

Completion: 2018

Location: Camden


  • Education Estates Awards 2018, Refurbishment of the Year: Shortlisted