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University of London masterplan


Location Client Completion
Bloomsbury, Camden, London, UK University of London December 2016

Project details

BDP was commissioned by the University of London to undertake a masterplan setting out a 10 to 20 year vision and strategy for the University of London’s Bloomsbury campus. The masterplan identifies 39,000sqm of new accommodation in this important central London education cluster.

The Bloomsbury campus features many significant postwar buildings, including Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade II* listed Institute of Education (1970-1976) and Grade II* listed SOAS library (1973), set within Leslie Martin’s partially implemented masterplan (1959), as well as the iconic Art Deco Gade II* listed Senate House.

This rich architectural setpiece of 20th century urbanism, set against the backdrop of Georgian Bloomsbury, required a sensitive vision and understanding of the architectural and heritage value as the basis to test development options for the university’s future growth. In view of this, we delivered a detailed programme of engagement with key stakeholders including LB Camden, Historic England and the Twentieth Century Society.

The masterplan continues to inform the university’s development strategy for the Bloomsbury campus.


  • to create a heart for the university, its colleges and institutes
  • to establish a holistic approach for the overall vision and drive sustainable development across the university
  • to identify opportunities for growth
  • heritage appraisal


  • London Borough of Camden's officer endorsement of the masterplan

Integrated services

architecture, town planning, landscape architecture, structural engineering, building services engineering, sustainability