The Student Centre – Now Open

March 26, 2019

The Student Centre – Now Open

The ground breaking UCL Student Centre opened its doors on 18th February 2019. This is the first building designed and dedicated solely for the use of students on such a large scale.

Located on Gordon Street in the heart of UCL's prestigious central campus, the Student Centre provides a mix of learning spaces, creating different types of individual study and group collaboration settings, as well as more social learning environments. With 1000 new ’study seats’ created over eight floors the project is a focal point for university study and events.

JPA were first involved after winning the furniture tender in 2017 and are delighted that after two years, the finished and furnished building is probably even better than the original vision! All JPA installation work was overseen by Matthew Janes, our dedicated JPA Project Manager and completed to agreed timescales, budget and designs agreed with stakeholders. Our Managing Director, Graham Pulsford visited site in January for final handover and sign off and was delighted to receive the following comments:

‘I would like to thank you and your team for all their hard work and professional attitude regarding the furniture installation within the Student Centre for UCL. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you over the past weeks, where you have definitely gone above and beyond my expectations.

Thank you for delivering smooth transition from delivery to fit out, showing respect for the building, students and UCL staff. I look forward to working with you again in the future’ Clerk of Works.

The Student Centre includes:

  • 1,000 new extra study spaces
  • Eight floors of active working
  • Individual and group spaces
  • Bookable rooms, IT clusters
  • Student enquiry services and administration
  • Café and roof terrace
  • BREEAM rating of Outstanding

The project is a flagship for sustainability at the University and all furniture provided has helped towards achieving the BREEAM rating of Outstanding. It has been a pleasure working with @UCLEstates, @ArcadisUK, @NHA_llp and @MaceGroup during this project.

‘A stunningly designed building that fits beautifully into the complex street architecture of Gordon Street and one that has been built to the very highest standards. It will stand as one of UCL’s greatest buildings and the spirit of teamwork behind its design and construction will inspire the students who use it for generations to come.’ Professor Anthony Smith, Vice Provost UCL (reference:

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