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Gilbert-Ash transforms UCL's law facilities

The construction, refurbishment and fit out contractor has completed an extensive £16.2m rebuilding and remodelling of UCL's Faculty of Laws

Posted by Julian Owen | April 26, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Gilbert-Ash has finished its comprehensive work at UCL's Faculty of Laws. The project connected the University’s past with its future, fully integrating a Grade II listed building, Bentham House, with a neighbouring mid-20th century building, Hillel House. The adjacent building was significantly remodelled, including a major extension at the rear and a completely new exterior façade with Portland stone, complementing UCL Laws' original historic home.

The two buildings are now linked across all levels, with floor-to-ceiling windows maximising the natural light, and a new spacious atrium. The development incorporates sustainability features, including a bio-diverse roof with photovoltaic arrays.

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean, UCL Laws, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have the pleasure to welcome the Faculty back home to Bentham House. UCL Laws has, at long last, a home fit for our world-leading research, teaching and social enterprise. The project has given the Faculty more than a building: it’s given us an inspiring environment in which our whole community can come together.”

The UCL Faculty of Laws development is part of a larger scheme, Transforming UCL, the largest capital programme in the university’s history. It will see substantial investment of over £1.2 billion over a 10-year period to refurbish and develop some of UCL’s most iconic buildings, whilst also bringing forward new world class buildings to enable continued growth.

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