Disposal of Vernon Square FAQs
Updated 30 April 2013
Q. When is the move from Vernon Square to Senate House North Block (SHNB) likely to take place?
A. The move to our new campus at the Senate House North Block (SHNB) is scheduled for Summer 2015. We will have more specific dates as we progress with the project.
Q. Will SOAS continue to maintain the current building until the move in 2015?
A Maintenance arrangements at Vernon Square will be unaffected by these developments and Estates and Facilities will continue to hold regular drop in sessions (10-11.00 on Tuesdays and 16.00-17.00 on Thursdays) and aim to resolve outstanding facilities or maintenance issues before the start of term. To report new faults or for general queries please email Estates and Facilities at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Helpdesk on 020 7898 4900.
Q. Is the sale of Vernon Square freehold or leasehold?
A. The sale of Vernon Square is a long leasehold. This gives us the option of getting the property back should we want to when the lease expires.
Q. Why are we selling the Vernon Square building for educational purposes only?
A. Current planning regulations classify the Vernon Square building as an educational facility. Therefore we must endeavour to find an educational user who will continue to use the building as such.
Q. What happens if we can’t sell Vernon Square as an educational facility?
A. We have been meeting with Islington Council planning officers to look at the planning options for an educational facility and should this not be successful, to find a suitable alternative use.
Q. Will the existing student housing be affected by the sale of Vernon Square?
A. The student housing (Elizabeth Croll House) managed by Unite is unaffected by the current plans to dispose of Vernon Square.
Q. What will the money raised through the sale of Vernon Square be used for?
A. The money raised through the sale of Vernon Square will be reinvested in the future of the School.
Q. If I have any further questions who do I ask?
A. If you have any questions about Vernon Square or the Senate House North Block (SHNB) project you can email SHNB@soas.ac.uk