We completed a series of projects to provide homes for the various departments of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment while the remodeling of Wates House takes place.
The School of Architecture has moved to a pair of former warehouse buildings on Hampstead Road, just north of the main campus. The Bartlett School of Planning and The Bartlett Library have both relocated to their new permanent home at the fully refurbished space within Central House on the Bloomsbury Campus.
Working closely with UCL Estates and The Bartlett the fit-out of 132-140 Hampstead Road has been designed to provide the school with a temporary home that will not only support the school’s exemplary teaching and research, but also encourage new practices of teaching, research and collaboration within the robust shell of these former warehouses.
Meanwhile, through opening up the original cellular interior of Central House and inserting bespoke joinery elements instead of walls, the space has been transformed into a welcoming, contemporary library housing The Bartlett’s extensive collection and a variety of study spaces.
The Bartlett School of Architecture will return to Wates House in autumn 2016. The entire building is being reconfigured to include significantly more studios and breakout space, encouraging collaboration across the school.
“Moving to Hampstead Road has been a revelation for the school. Feedback from staff and students alike has been universally positive and we are thrilled to have a home, albeit a temporary one, that has enabled us to develop our approach to both teaching and research.”
Professor Bob Sheil, Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL