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Several projects are now under development as first steps in delivering Birkbeck’s ambitious Estates strategy, as we look towards the College’s 200th Anniversary in 2023. The strategy will deliver a substantial increase in high-quality teaching, study and research space.

Library refurbishment

  • In response to feedback from students via the National and Birkbeck Student Surveys, the College is planning to refurbish the Library.
  • The refurbishment project will increase the number of study spaces, including areas for collaborative working; create a larger silent study space; improve teaching facilities for academic skills workshops; and enable students to access more services in one place.
  • The plans also include moving a portion of the library stock to local storage. All of the volumes moved will be available within one hour, via a fetching service.
  • Most likely, during a later phase of the works, the entrance to the Library will move to the first floor.
  • As much of the Library as possible will remain operational during the works and we will be offering a number of additional classrooms and IT rooms as alternative study locations during the summer period.
  • The work for the first phase will begin after the end of the exam period, in July 2019, and is scheduled to end before the start of the 2019–2020 academic year.
  • For queries about this project, .


  • The Wohl Wolfson ToddlerLab in Torrington Square will be the world’s first purpose-built centre dedicated to studying brain development in toddlers as they interact with their natural environment. It will build on the globally renowned research conducted in Birkbeck’s BabyLab to advance our understanding of development not only in typically developing toddlers but in those with neurodevelopmental conditions like autism, ADHD, Fragile X and Williams Syndrome. Researchers will be able to assess the efficacy of early interventions, which can prove more effective and less costly than later treatments for individuals with autism. The ToddlerLab will be tailored specifically to meet children’s needs, with space to play, take part in activities and even nap, facilitating the study of how sleep impacts on child development.
  • Construction has now begun on the ToddlerLab. When complete, the ToddlerLab will adjoin the existing Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at 32 Torrington Square.
  • This project is being made possible thanks to generous donations from alumni, friends and foundations including:
    • The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation
    • The Wolfson Foundation
    • The Garfield Weston Foundation
    • Daniel and Elizabeth Peltz.
  • News coverage, January 2014

Cambridge House

  • Located on Euston Road, Cambridge House will be a new, state-of-the-art teaching facility. It will house one of the College’s largest lecture theatres and new classrooms, as well as a dedicated co-learning space where students can prepare for their lectures and share their ideas with one another.
  • Work to refurbish Cambridge House is progressing, and planning permission has now been granted for our new teaching and learning centre. This will help the College progress towards its long term goal of teaching every student in a Birkbeck building or teaching facility.
  • News coverage, April 2018