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University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, WC1

Client: University College London

JRA refurbished and fit-out the interiors at University College London’s 1-19 Torrington Place, an educational building that forms part of UCL’s campus in Bloomsbury. The works were carried out in collaboration with Structure Tone and aimed to improve the entrance, reception and a number of teaching and learning spaces across the ground and lower ground floor, covering 1,600m2.

The team provided new teaching spaces with capacities ranging from 18 – 120 seats, including lecture theatres and classrooms which can be reconfigured to support both group project work and problem-based learning. JRA also created a number of break-out areas, offering seating with integrated power sockets and laptop tables to allow students to continue their learning.

In addition, the existing ventilation, heating, cooling, and electrical systems that served the ground floor and basement were stripped out and replaced to provide sufficient capacity for the increased numbers of building users. New plant has been provided at basement level to house the new air handling unit. The works have allowed for increased student occupancy and greater accessibility, as well as providing contemporary spaces for this world class university.