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Wilkins Terrace Lower Refectory

September saw the formal opening of the recently completed Wilkins Terrace at University College London.

The Wilkins Terrace was part of the ‘Wilkins Terrace Lower Refectory’ project which is a flagship project in the ‘Masterplan to Transform UCL’.

This project transforms the Physics Yard in the Bloomsbury campus (an unsightly, utilitarian space which housed a substation, a rubbish compactor and was used for deliveries) into a much-needed external amenity, events and learning space.

The works included the refurbishment of the Lower Refectory to a standard that befits the Grade I listed Wilkins Building.This is complemented by the new Portland Stone-clad structural deck which covers the Physics Yard and now houses the new kitchens created to serve the upgraded Refectory.

The project includes the construction of a new ‘Fourth Façade’ (a false wall clad in Portland stone and brickwork) to screen the external plant platforms at the rear of the London Centre for Nanotechnology building.

The new terrace creates a new pedestrian route (described as a ‘hidden treasure’ on UCL website) to connect Gordon Street directly to the main campus, saving time and improving links across UCL.

Potter Raper Partnership acted as Quantity Surveyors on this prestigious project.


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