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BDP bags masterplan to ‘revitalise’ Holden’s Senate House

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The University of London has hired BDP to create a blueprint to revitalise its estate, centred around its landmark Senate House building in the capital’s Bloomsbury district

One of the principal aims of the project is to embed the grade II*-listed building, which was designed in 1926 by Charles Holden, as the academic focus of the university and its colleges.

BDP beat MJP Architects, Rock Townsend, and Donald Insall Associates to the commission, and is due to complete its blueprint for the site - which covers around 15 acres - in late autumn this year.

Paul Wilkinson, director of property and facilities management at the university, said the project was expected to include a mix of public-realm improvements, and would also look at the potential for new infill buildings and the removal of some buildings deemed to be ‘past their useful life’.

BDP design director Chris Harding said the appointment was a major win for its London studio.

‘The primary goal of the  masterplan will be to unlock the innate potential of this important part of central London and create a cohesive and stimulating identity for a world leading University, one of the oldest, largest and most diverse in the UK,’ he said.

‘There will be a high level of interest in the project and we are really looking forward to working with the wide range of stakeholders who will be involved in the process.’

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