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John Dodgson House, UCL


As UCL prepared to extend and update its current building portfolio, they appointed our team as
the Design and Build architects to oversee the works on John Dodgson House.

The Brief

Situated a short distance from UCL main campus and St Pancras Station, this existing five-storey student accommodation block forms part of UCL’s strategic initiative to improve its housing and educational establishments.

The brief required a complete overhaul of the building to extend its current offering and modernise areas to be in keeping with UCL’s brand.

Our Solution

We worked to create an efficient plan within tight timescales. The main area of change came from a new roof extension that we implemented, taking the room count from 160 to 209 bedrooms over two floors. These were supported on a steel grillage transferring loads to new pile foundations below.

Coordination was the key to success for this project as the accommodation was completed off site and craned in as a modular system. In particular, the Linit feature glazing needed to be aligned with the modular apertures.

Over the course of the project, we incorporated new IT facilities, a common room and other amenities in the existing basement and renovated existing communal areas and kitchens. The roof extension that we implemented also achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)