UCL Cruciform Hub 09

Glass roof with view of Grade II listed Cruciform Building

UCL Cruciform Hub 08

Snack facilities

UCL Cruciform Hub 07

Group working spaces

UCL Cruciform Hub 06

Quiet study area

UCL Cruciform Hub 05

Quiet study spaces

UCL Cruciform Hub 04

Self-service book issue and returns

UCL Cruciform Hub 03

Group working pods

UCL Cruciform Hub 02

Hub entrance and staircase

UCL Cruciform Hub 01

Computer Cluster



Refurbishment of the Cruciform Library, Cluster and adjacent Seminar rooms to create an integrated learning 'hub' at the heart of UCL's Medical School in Bloomsbury.

The new Cluster was designed with input from the UCL E-Learning Environments team and teaching staff from UCL Medical School. The space provides a flexible teaching environment where very large groups can be taught through incorporation of the smaller, discrete open-access PC room.

Five seminar rooms with integrated audio-visual equipment, transform into study rooms for private revision during examination periods.

The quiet study area has improved natural lighting, wifi and desktop power. This along with the separate silent study room provides space for contemplation and reading.

Three bookable pods and two rooms with AV equipment for preparation of presentations and project work. An additional 'Grand Round' area provides for collaborative work and space for presentations.

A striking contemporary staircase leads users from the entrance foyer into the Hub where the new exhibition walls permit showcasing of UCL Museums & Collections medical artefacts and medical illustrations from UCL Special Collections.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


1743 m2




Burwell Deakins Architects

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Provision of special materials, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Shared building, Building shape

Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, General, Heating, Lighting, Materials used, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Burwell Deakins Architects

Furniture suppliers

John Pulsford Associates (JPA), Orangebox

Services and facilities suppliers

3M, SB Electronic Systems, Harrow Green, Gunnebo UK

IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 68

Seats/study places