UCL Provost tours Bentham House redevelopment with Professor Dame Hazel Genn

Thursday 16 February 2017

Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Dean, UCL Faculty of Laws, this week hosted UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur for a tour of the home of UCL Laws, Bentham House, while it undergoes a £21.7 million, three-year redevelopment project.

Professor Arthur was shown some of the key highlights the redevelopment will offer, including the new fifth floor suite which will become a dedicated legal research centre, and the new student social hub, which will adjoin teaching and event spaces.

Professor Arthur said:

‘I was delighted to see first-hand how the redevelopment of the historic home of UCL Laws is progressing, thanks to a tour from Professor Dame Hazel Genn and the project team.

While the building is still heavily under construction, it’s clear to see the potential the project has to give the Faculty the modern, spacious home it needs, and how staff and students alike will benefit from this extensive redevelopment programme.

I was particularly impressed that space for students will be thoughtfully integrated into the very heart of the building, which will be wonderful for student engagement and a real sense of belonging to the UCL Faculty of Laws.’

Professor Dame Hazel Genn said:

‘It was a pleasure to welcome Professor Arthur to Bentham House, and show him the vision for the future of Bentham House and UCL Laws.

The progress being made on the project is clear to see, and as a Faculty we are counting down to re-entry in late 2017. The support given to the redevelopment by the Provost, and the wider project team, has been vital to the success of the project so far.’

Image: Joining Professor Michael Arthur (Front centre) and Professor Dame Hazel Genn on the tour was (L-R back row): Chris Tilley, Special Projects Consultant, UCL Laws, Chris Shore, UCL Estates, Kevin Argent, Head of Capital Programme Delivery, UCL, and Andrew Grainger, Director of UCL Estates.

Transforming UCL

The redevelopment of Bentham House has been delivered by UCL Estates as part of Transforming UCL, the largest capital programme in the university’s history.

Transforming UCL will see substantial investment of over £1.2 billion over a 10-year period to refurbish and develop some of UCL’s most iconic buildings whilst also bringing forward new world class buildings. Together these will enable and support the University’s continued growth.