Lower Refectory and Wilkins Terrace

Location:

London WC1

Client:

University College London

Our Services:

Quantity Surveyor

Accommodation created:

Healthcare facility, dispensing pharmacy, bus interchange, 110 space car park, 35 residential apartments (private sale and shared ownership), 70-bed purpose-built hotel, retail/commercial units, public open space.

Contract value:

£13.8 million

Contract period:

2 years 6 months (3 Contracts)

Contract type:

GC Works 1/Design & Build 1998

Awards:

Civic Trust Award

This project transformed the Physics Yard (an unsightly, utilitarian space which housed a substation, a rubbish compactor and was used for servicing vehicles) into a much-needed external amenity, events and learning space.

The works involved the refurbishment of the Lower Refectory in the Wilkins Building to a standard that benefits this Grade I listed building. This is complemented by the new Portland stone clad structural deck which has covered the Physics Yard and houses new kitchens to serve the upgraded Refectory. The project also included the construction of a new false wall (clad in Portland stone and brickwork) to screen the external plant platforms and the rear of the Nanotechnology building.

In 2019, the Wilkins Terrace project, won a Civic Trust Award for creating positive social, cultural and environmental benefit. The Civic Awards celebrate outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.

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