After last year’s hectic Malet Street refurbishment programme, work on the new foyer, the completion of the Henry Wellcome building and the fit-out of the new Centre for Film and Visual Media, life may be calmer for staff and students.
‘Any further expansion of the Birkbeck estate in Bloomsbury will be through acquisition and rationalisation, rather than new build,’ comments Philip Cowling, Director of Estates:
Birkbeck is currently taking part in a Capital Investment Framework pilot study with HEFCE, along with the Estates departments of a number of other institutions. ‘Rather than spending on a building by building basis Birkbeck is providing information to show that projected capital allocation from the next spending review would be more long-term, strategic and sustainable,’ comments Philip.
In June he takes over as the London region chairman of the Association of University Directors of Estates.