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

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, as well as contractors Gilbert Ash, and are working in close consultation with the Faculty.

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.

Who's moved where?

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture has moved to temporary accommodation at 132 and 140 Hampstead Rd.
  • The Bartlett School of Planning and The Bartlett Library have both relocated to Central House.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s happening to Wates House?

All students and staff will be moving out of Wates House in Summer 2014 while a £30m refurbishment is carried out as part of UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus Refurbishments. The new Wates House will provide additional space and a completely new environment as a new home for The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Who is the architect appointed to work on the refurbishment project?

We’re working with Hawkins\Brown Architects, shortlisted in 2013 for RIBA’s Stirling Prize and BD Architect of the Year. They are also a RIBA conservation award winner.

Can I see the designs?

To get an idea of what the new building might look like, download this pdf.  More detailed information will be added as the project progresses.

How will the refurbishment of Wates House improve facilities for students?

The design aspires to open up and re-organise the building into three zones: fabrication and making, shared social and teaching spaces, and studios and offices. In doing so the project will:

• Improve space utilisation

• Create a more open, accessible, dynamic and welcoming place to study and work

When will the works on Wates House be completed?

The refurbishment of Wates House will be completed by the Summer of 2016. All staff and students are expected to move back into Wates House for the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year.

How can I find out more?

If you're a student or member or staff at The Bartlett School of Architecture and have any questions, concerns or feedback please feel free to contact Michelle Lukins or Laura Cherry in The Bartlett School of Architecture Communications Office.

You can also follow updates on Instagram and Twitter by following the hashtag #bartlettspace