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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 Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Shaw

Torch Theatre General Manager