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Refurbished Birkbeck Central building opens its doors to the campus community

The acquisition and refurbishment of the Birkbeck Central building, which was formerly known as Student Central, adds significant study and social spaces for students on an already thriving campus.

Interior of the cafe at Birkbeck Central featuring bench tables and chairs and a serving area.

The start of the new term welcomes the partial opening of the newly refurbished Birkbeck Central building. The work done on Birkbeck Central, which is situated next to Birkbeck's Malet Street building in Bloomsbury, sees the introduction of ten refurbished teaching rooms and a new ground floor café, which will be a focal point for visitors.

A generous donation from the Wohl Foundation will see further transformation of the building take place. The two-storey auditorium and theatre space will be refurbished into a high-quality flexible space that can host a wide range of events, including large lectures, conferences and classes with breakout areas, graduation and award ceremonies, performances, and film screenings. The refurbishment will allow Birkbeck's already thriving campus community to connect, engage and participate inside and outside classrooms in new and improved ways.

Van Nguyen, Deputy Director of Estates Development at Birkbeck commented: 

"We are moving closer to realising our vision of improving and increasing our teaching, learning and student social spaces at the heart of our campus in Bloomsbury. The addition of a café, social learning areas and the planned theatre space at Birkbeck Central will positively impact the student experience, enabling students to engage and connect outside the classroom environment."

The space, which will have an occupancy potential of more than 300, will be a unique and valuable addition to Birkbeck's estate. It is due to be completed by Autumn 2023 as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations.

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