The Lower Refectory for AJ Retrofit Awards

January 2018

Our Lower Refectory refurbishment project for UCL’s Wilkins Building has been shortlisted for an AJ Retrofir Award.

The £7m refurbishment of The Lower Refectory for UCL, is the latest in a series of projects that Burwell Architects have completed at the historic Wilkins Building at their campus in Bloomsbury.

Located on the lower ground floor of the Grade I listed building, the refurbished and extended Refectory is a new and impressive dining hall and social hub. Celebrating the building’s historic splendour, Burwell Architects have re-exposed, restored and, where necessary, re-instated original features to create a stunning new space for the use of staff, students and the wider community.

The project was part of a combined project within its Transforming UCL programme: Wilkins Terrace and Lower Refectory. These two new spaces provide amenity for the whole university community: a collaborative, outdoor circulation and events space, a new refectory and east-west pedestrian link across the main campus.

Delivered by UCL Estates and designed by Levitt Bernstein and Burwell Architects respectively, these spaces deliver classic, historically sensitive architecture and innovative user-led design to provide quality new student space on campus.

This is a significant milestone for our Transforming UCL programme. It is a fabulous space developed for our staff, students and visitors and will benefit and inspire our entire academic community for generations to come. This project – its scope and quality - really encapsulates the vision and scale of Transforming UCL in Bloomsbury and beyond.
Andrew Grainger, Director of UCL Estates