Find out all the latest project updates and see what’s planned by exploring this page.

Garrod Building

Find out all the latest project updates and see what’s planned by exploring this page.

Our new home at Whitechapel

The Students’ Union and our sub-division Barts and The London Students’ Association are very excited to be moving into brand new spaces in the Garrod Building from Autumn 2023, as part of a £6 million investment by the University. The new spaces will include a new Café & Bar, Hub Study and Social space, Fitness Studio, Multi-Faith facilities and other activity spaces, and will replace the current BLSA Building which is due to be demolished shortly as part of the new Life Sciences Development at Whitechapel.

The project is being delivered in partnership with the University Projects Team, Kendall Kingscott, Fusion and Beardwell Construction.

News & Events

Designs & Floorplans

Café & Bar

The new Cafe & Bar will serve delicious food, drinks and coffee by day, and host events in the evenings. It will include a comfy lounge space, booth seating and large screens for sports screenings and events. There's also a DJ booth, outdoor deck area and gender neutral toilets.

Moodboard (pdf)

Old Library

The Old Library will be transformed with the refurbishment creating a stunning social and study space for all students to use by day. It will also act as an event space for University, Students' Union and Societies events.

Moodboard (pdf)

Fitness Suite

The Fitness Suite space will be located in the basement offering a training and exercise space for Sports Clubs and Get Active sessions. Shower facilities will be provided adjacent to the fitness suite.

Floorplan (pdf)

BLSA Activity Rooms

Plans for the 2nd floor activity rooms are still being developed but will include a new kitchenette space, games and activities and chillout space for all students to use.

Moodboard (pdf)

BLSA Office Spaces

The 2nd floor office spaces will provide new facilities for student representatives, the BLSA President and Students' Union staff including a meeting room, kitchen and office spaces

Floorplan (pdf)

Multi-Faith Centre

The Multi-Faith Centre will be located on the 3rd floor and will include two spaces for quiet contemplation, reflection and prayer, open to all students and staff. Ablution, shoe storage and sound facilities are also included.

Communal Spaces

The Ground Floor entrance area will be home to a new pop-up Students' Union service. Communal spaces will be fully refurbished providing a refresh of all internal areas connecting our new spaces.

Moodboard (pdf)

Project Timeline

  • Autumn 2022

    Project brief and designs developed in consultation with students and staff

  • December 2022

    Planning application submitted to Tower Hamlets Council

  • January 24th 2023

    Student and Staff Reveal Event

  • January 2023

    Tender released for construction works

  • February 2023

    Construction contractor appointed

  • February to April 2023

    Student focus groups and surveys to develop our offering in the new Garrod Building spaces

  • March to August 2023

    Construction works on-site will start on 27 March. Some areas of the Garrod Building will be temporarily closed to enable the works to take place

  • March to May 2023

    New branding finalised for Barts and The London Students' Association and our new Café / Bar spaces

  • May 2023

    BLSA Building and Griff Inn goodbye events - further details will be added to this page soon

  • Early July 2023

    Move-out from the BLSA Building and closure of existing spaces at our Newark Street location.

  • September 2023

    New spaces open to students, staff and the public.

Download detailed project timeline

Contact Us

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