Bloomsbury Fitness Centre, University College London

Type: Redevelopment and refurbishment

Duration: 14 weeks

Value: £500,000

The professionalism, quality of work and effort exhibited has been outstanding, particularly given the very tight deadlines under which ITC were asked to work. The delivery of this project has benefitted tremendously from ITC’s effective approach to collaborative project working

Dave Squires I General Manager I University College London

Delivery of design and build project within complex working environment.

Bloomsbury Fitness Centre is housed in a 1960s building. This versatile space is home to the University College London (UCL) café on the ground floor, and the Union Fitness Centre, clubs and societies on the upper floors. All of this made for a complex working environment for the design and build project that we undertook.

Works involved the extension of the popular fitness centre out on to the roof, incorporating a two-storey apartment to create a more spacious sports facility for UCL students and staff.

Commencing with the demolition of the existing apartment, works continued with the erection of a steel framed structure to accommodate the additional facilities.

Specialist fixtures included an extension of the existing stainless steel balustrade and a new, raised acoustic floor, to provide sound-proofing for the theatre below.

Extensive mechanical and electrical installations were carried out along with a complete fit-out of all facilities. The team had to work carefully to cater for the rehearsal and performance periods that took place daily within the theatre. There were also the logistics and health and safety considerations required for a construction project at roof level, within a densely built and fully operational working environment, to consider.

We’re proud that the project was successfully completed on time, whilst working to extremely tight deadlines.