The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies occupies eight floors of Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square - part of the listed Grade II* Bedford Way building designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. In 2017 the University approved a multi-million pound refurbishment for the IALS building starting in July 2018. Additional necessary funding was provided through a generous donation by the Clore-Duffield Foundation, in recognition of Sir Charles Clore’s support for the initial construction of the building.
Work on the 2nd to 5th floors of the building, and to the main entrance, was completed in 2020. Works to the ground floor and basement are continuing during 2021.
To date the project has replaced key infrastructure, with new heating, cooling, ventilation, cabling and wifi. IALS Library has been completely refurbished and re-designed and features a new 2nd floor entrance looking out on to Russell Square, 50 additional study desk places, bookable group study and training rooms, special needs room, 10 additional lockable library research carrels, new desk and chair furniture throughout the library, more control over our reading room heating and cooling, more self-issue laptops and improved IT services. A new dedicated study room outside the library on the 5th floor of the building has been created for IALS PhD students. The main entrance now features a lift from street-level to the new sliding doors, making the building fully accessible.