• Architecture
  • Education

School of Life and Medical Sciences, Camden


This is our design for a new building for the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL, to be located in the south courtyard of the Wilkins Building. We conceived of the SLMS Building as a freestanding masonry block that is connected to the existing Medical Sciences Building via a glazed atrium. Internally, this new atrium creates a strong east-west route for students and staff. From this starting point, staircases and lifts connect to new uses: a student hub, seminar spaces, faculty administration offices and new Category 2 ‘wet’ laboratories. We improved access throughout, such as new lifts to supplement the retained Anatomy Building staircase that remains a fundamental route within the final redevelopment.

High quality brick with deep-set openings creates a strong material presence from the exterior. The elevational treatment seeks to mediate between two imposing historic facades as well as help to redefine the importance of this courtyard.

Project Details:

New faculty building, including a student hub and wet laboratories, within a historic UCL courtyard.

Client: University College London

Construction Value: £20m

Completion: TBC

Location: Camden