The site is extremely complicated; the last vacant site within the UCL campus, and in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. Taviton Street contains several listed Georgian terraces, a distinctive urban form that has been eroded somewhat by subsequent layers of development. An existing electrical sub-station, fuel and district heating line connected to the Chemistry Building passed through the site, and delivery access and escape routes had to be maintained to adjoining buildings.

Planning Consent was gained in 13 weeks from submission after full consultation with English Heritage, the Bloomsbury Society, the Victorian Society and numerous other interested parties.

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