UCL Department of Geography

Feasibility study for the collocation of UCL's Department of Geography

Burwell conducted a feasibility study into the possible collocation for UCL's Department of Geography. The department is currently spread across two separate locations, which has a negative impact on collaboration and cohesion. The intention it to provide a single, unified home for the Department within the Grade I listed North-West Wing of the Main Quadrangle. Through discussions with the department, a need for differing levels of agility and space ownership was identified.

A student oriented ground floor was devised, designed to give a strong sense of identity to the Department, with a map room, student focused spaces and teaching spaces all located along a wide circulation corridor. Flexible teaching areas, computer clusters, touch down spaces, social and collaboration space and a combination of open plan desks and pods are spread across the floor. A reception area with support desks has also been introduced at the main entrance of the building.

The upper floors are arranged as academic and support offices, meeting spaces and social areas for staff and students, while the basement floor remains as existing with laboratories and teaching space. The vast range of spaces allows a broad cross section of stakeholder requirements to be met, across a range of education stages and teaching/learning styles.

Project Team

Client: University College London

Architect: Burwell Architects