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Queen Mary University Graduate Centre


Location Client Cost Size Completion
London , UK Queen Mary University / Bouygues UK £39m 7,000m2 October 2016

Project details

A new 8-storey Graduate Centre accommodating graduate teaching, learning spaces and student services as well as a new home for the University's School of Economics and Finance.

A key challenge to the civil and structural engineering design was the extent and complexity of the site constraints. The buildings is located in the heart of the Mile End campus and involved the building over of an existing basement following the demolition of two existing buildings. The basement has remained in place and the structural and civil solutions tailored to accommodate this. A fundamental design issue was not only to integrate the existing network into the substructure and civils design, but also to ensure a buildable strategy, which maintained live service continuity, was in place and BDP were integral to ensuring this was successfully achieved. 

Alongside my fellow staff members and our students, I have watched the Graduate Centre take shape over the past two years and I’m thrilled that this innovative learning and teaching space is now open for use. It will be a wonderful place to work and study, and provides a much-needed focal point for our graduate activities

Principal Professor Simon Gaskell


  • A new teaching, research and social centre on the Mile End campus in central London 
  • World class design with striking aesthetic
  • Challenging construction on a live site including vibration isolation


  • Structurally striking, iconic landmark for the University 
  • BREEAM Excellent
  • BIM Level 2 project

Integrated services

civil and structural engineering