• Architecture
  • Education

Torrington Place, Camden


This phased refurbishment has created new state of the art, flexible teaching facilities and rationalised space within a 1950s office building for UCL. This includes ten new teaching rooms, ranging from 18–120 seats, together with informal learning spaces. We also improved access to the building and maximised teaching flexibility through a range of typical large and small forward-facing lecture rooms and a variety of non-forward-facing teaching rooms.

To provide a collaborative learning experience more akin to modern working environments, many classrooms have an increased provision of AV, power and data integrated within desks, as well as interactive furniture. The seminar room uses modular interchangeable desks and screens on three walls to allow for different arrangements of teaching and group working. There are also plenty of areas for students and staff to study and collaborate between classes, such as informal seating areas which offer ample power sockets and accessible laptop tables.

Torrington Place now provides the largest amount of contiguous, centrally bookable teaching space on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus and has become their model for future teaching developments.

Project Details:

Refurbishing and reorganising academic departments and university support services within a mid-century office block.

Client: University College London

Construction Value: £9m

Completion: 2018

Location: Camden

Image: Matt Livey