6 JUNE 1931, Page 3

Academic Bloomsbury The Goldsmiths' Company's gift of £50,000 to the

University of. London for a library building has been quickly followed by the announcement that-the new home of the University in Bloomsbury is about to be begun. The site which, after the Government had bought it and sold it back, was purchased some years ago by the University from the Duke of Bedford has stood vacant long enough. Sir William Beveridge states that the University has funds in hand for the central offices and hall, as well as the library, and that these should be finished in three years. The .progreis of other sections —on the site of ten acres—must depend on the financial Support accorded to the University. The whole scheme is estimated to cost Y-3,000,000. It is a large sum, but the University is a mighty concern with its twenty thousand students in numerous colleges and should have a headquarters worthy of London. The University has selected the distinguished architect, Mr. Charles Holden, F.R.I.B.A., without any open competition.