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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands reveals UCL masterplan

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has unveiled its 10-year ‘vision’ for the University College London’s (UCL) Bloomsbury estate

The masterplan will guide the £500 million future development of the central London campus ’ through the imaginative and effective use of its buildings and public spaces’.

LDS was chosen for the prestigious project in June 2010 ahead of 120 other practices.

Alex Lifschutz, Director, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, said: ”Taking a diverse set of buildings, built up by the university incrementally over the
last 185 years, and developing a plan to make this estate worthy of a great institution for the 21st century has been a challenging task. To our delight, it turns out that much of UCL’s stock is rather fine and capable of adaptation to contemporary and future uses.

He added: ‘Somewhat neglected outdoor spaces will be reconfigured as valuable places where cultural and intellectual engagement can thrive, for students, academic and other staff and also for ordinary Londoners. The approach is incremental, sensitive and sustainable. It will deliver an absolutely top university campus befitting UCL’s reputation as a leading international institution in the heart of London.’

Key elements of the plan:

  • Planning for growth in academic activity
  • Increasing the amount and quality of teaching space
  • Reducing the University’s carbon footprint
  • Creting an ‘array of hubs’ across the campus
  • Opening up the campus to the public
  • Creating a new student centre next to the Bloomsbury Theatre on Gordon Street

Previous story (AJ 21.06.10)

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands lands UCL masterplan

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has won the contract to create a new ‘vision’ for the University College London’s (UCL) Bloomsbury estate

According to the practice, the masterplan will become ‘a cornerstone of the estates strategy’ to be published in 2011 and guide the institute’s development over the next ten years.

LDS was picked ahead of 120 other practices to bag the central London job for the UCL which was recently ranked fourth in the Times Higher Education poll of world.

Alex Lifschutz of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands said: ‘For us the project presents an opportunity to consolidate the existing strengths and
unique character of the university using our experience with the creative refurbishment of existing buildings, the insertion of temporary buildings and the animation of public spaces.

‘We hope to develop an approach at the vanguard of thinking about university estates in the context of challenging economic circumstances.’

Professor Malcolm Grant, provost of UCL said: ‘The masterplan has a critically important function, of bringing coherence, functionality and sustainability to the outstanding UCL campus, and enhancing its quality at the heart of Bloomsbury.’

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