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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


  • 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