Mace is already on board as project manager, with Rock Townsend and Donald Insall Associates also on the client’s team.
The refurbishment of the Senate House North Block paves the way for SOAS to move to a single-site campus in London’s Bloomsbury district in 2015.
The project includes the construction of a predominantly glass-roofed space in the courtyard and reducing floor levels within the courtyard.
The scheme also involves the refurbishment of existing accommodation to provide a mixture of teaching spaces, breakout space, academic offices, and open plan office space.
Senate House is 19 floors and 210ft high. When it was built in 1936 it was the tallest secular building in Britain and was constructed of the finest materials available at that time, including Portland stone, Travertine marble, English walnut and South American cypress.
The building is Grade II* listed and the works will require the approval of London Borough of Camden and English Heritage.
Construction is expected to take 18 months to complete from award of contract.