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Wates House

The schools of architecture and planning, and The Bartlett library will be moving out of Wates House so that the refurbishment of the building can get underway. 

Find out what this means for you below.

Facade of Wates House

The Wates house refurbishment project

Wates House has been home to The Bartlett school of Architecture and The Bartlett School of Planning since 1975. The building was originally designed to accommodate a faculty of 90 staff and 380 students. Since then The Bartlett has grown considerably and currently supports over 400 staff and 2,100 students. The Bartlett School of Architecture alone has over 930 staff and students.  The original building simply can't cater for the growth The Bartlett is experiencing.

So, UCL Estates and The Bartlett are undertaking a refurbishment and extension of Wates House to ensure that we continue to provide excellence in teaching and research. Hawkins\Brown were appointed as architects for the project and are working in close consultation with the Faculty.

Detailed designs of the building will be available once the planning application has been made.  To give you a flavour of what's to come, the refurbished building will have the following features:

  • Additional floors
  • An expansion to the south side of the building
  • Brand new studios
  • New social and cafe areas
  • A contemporary, dedicated exhibition space
  • Expanded workshops


To get an idea of what the new building might look like, please see the slideshow below.

How will you be affected?

To find out how you'll be affected and who to contact if you have a query, just click on the section of The Bartlett you're interested in below.

The Bartlett School of Architecture

The Bartlett School of Planning

The Bartlett Library