IALS Transformation Project Final Update - July 2021

The Transformation is Complete

As part of its Transformation Project, IALS was very keen to see modern artworks from the University of London Art Collection adorn the walls of the refurbished building and to provide a source of inspiration and creativity for those who visit, study and work there. 

10 large pieces have now been installed. The theme of most of the art chosen is works created in the 1970’s. This was thought to be most appropriate as the listed Grade II* IALS building, Charles Clore House, was designed in the Brutalist style by the renowned British architect Sir Denys Lasdun and opened in 1976 (https://ials.sas.ac.uk/about/ials-information/history/charles-clore-house).

Artists such as Sean Scully, Claude Rogers, Jack Simcock, John Edwards and Andrew Yates are among the modern artists represented. The installation of these works has added a new and colourful dimension to the design scheme.

And last but not least…..

The Project Team at IALS is very pleased to announce the completion of the second and final phase of works on the lower floors of Charles Clore House, funded by the Clore-Duffield Foundation donation.

This second phase has comprised new lighting on the book storage floor, the transformation of the toilets on the three lower floors and the upgrading of the Institute’s Archive Storage facility. The lead contractor, Beardwell Construction, commenced works on site in February with completion scheduled for the end of April.

Some small delays arose and a late decision was also taken to include the re-carpeting of the Ground and Lower Ground floor lobbies. The completed works have now been handed over to the Institute. The Institute would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the project, and to thank all our readers and visitors for their patience throughout.

The Project Team