Builder picked for £50m Royal College of Art campus

Aaron Morby 5 months ago
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The Royal College of Art has selected Kier to build its new 180,000 sq ft south London student campus in Battersea.

Planned building for postgraduate students and entrepreneurs

Its £50m building project will involve a long 4-storey Studio Building with workshops, teaching and exhibition space alongside an 8-storey Research Building for materials science, advanced manufacturing and driverless car design.

Kier will start work this summer on the two-year project designed to broaden the RCA’s activities towards a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics-focused postgraduate university.

Research building for materials science and advanced manufacturing design

The brick-clad buildings will sit alongside the RCA’s existing Dyson Building and Clore Innovation Centre, and the Sackler fine arts facilities in Battersea facing Howie Street.

Architect Herzog & de Meuron, with Mott MacDonald delivering building services engineering, designed the building that will allow the RCA to expand the number of start-ups in InnovationRCA, the College’s commercialisation and business incubator.

The new building will create places for up to 1,500 postgraduate students and entrepreneurs.

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