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Mathematical Sciences Building Refurbishment

We are undertaking a major refurbishment programme and access to the building will be limited. Please contact us to discuss any special requirements.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is undertaking a major refurbishment programme that will radically change the design to our building both externally and internally. During the reconstruction, we regret that access to the building will be limited to using the front or rear stairway entrances to the building (there will be no ramp or disabled persons lift).

If this could impact on your intention to attend a seminar, please contact Bill White on 020 7882 5514 or email to discuss your particular requirements.

Details of the new refurbishment can be found below.




Wilkinson Eyre Architects has revealed plans for a new foyer for the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary

The new pavilion wraps around the base of the existing ten storey 1960s Mathematics Building.

The design features a mathematical Penrose tiling pattern. This pattern has underlying five fold symmetry. It's possible to tile a plane with squares, triangles or hexagons. But it's not possible to tile the plane with regular pentagons - there will be gaps in between them.

In the 1970s English mathematician Roger Penrose found a tiling in which the gaps may be filled with three other shapes: a star (green), a boat (light blue) and a diamond (yellow), as shown in the picture. There are matching rules that specify how tiles must be attached to one another.

Penrose tilings have applications in physics and chemistry to the study of quasicrystal materials.