IHR Refurbishment

Since 1948 the east wing of the Senate House north block has been the home of the Institute of Historical Research. Now, as part of the overall modernisation of the north block, a substantial refurbishment of the Institute is nearing completion. 

The refurbishment comprises a complete rewire, new lighting and heating, redecoration, new floor coverings, improved toilet facilities, the reconfiguration of the basement to provide flexible lecture/conference rooms and associated support space, and the creation of improved library facilities.  The work also includes the installation of a lift serving the 4th to 6th floors of the main Senate House library to improve accessibility there

The general approach to the design has been to create a contemporary environment within the context of an historic building – so while corridors and other circulation areas may retain something of their early 20th century origins, most of the space will feel more modern.

Most of the work will be finished in July, allowing IHR to move in in August, but following a last minute request for changes to the original plans, work will continue in a small area of the second floor until mid-October.

Alongside University of London investment in this project the IHR has been successful in securing grants from organisations including the Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the estate of Olga Crisp, the John S. Cohen Foundation and the Friends of the IHR.

Martin Burchett, Director of Capital Projects, June 2014

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