Royal College of Art – new London campus
The Royal College of Art (RCA) has unveiled its new campus in Battersea. The £135 million, 15,500 sqm campus is the largest investment in transformational space in the RCA’s 185 year history.
Equals have been working on the scheme since its inception, providing project management and contract administration as a part of a multi-disciplinary team led by Mott McDonald, working closely with architects Herzog & de Meuron to ensure the delivery of this complex building.
The new campus will transform the RCA with the following facilities:
- Four storeys of studios and workshops – for Sculpture (housed in the Linbury Sculpture Studio) and Contemporary Art Practice (housed in the Spiegel Design Studio), Moving Image (video and film), and the School of Design.
- The Hangar – a double height, 350 sqm multifunctional activity space at the heart of the campus, with vast doors at each end to enable the installation of heavy, large or complex works of art.
- Robotics Hangar – a smaller hangar and gallery space providing research testing and assembly areas for intelligent mobility, design engineering, sculpture and robotics, with aerial and aquatic robotics.
- Rausing Research & Innovation Building – eight floors of dedicated independent and confidential research space for areas such as materials science, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, intelligent mobility, and AR and VR visualisation, housed in the Snap Visualisation Lab.
- The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – a new purpose-built home for the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, which undertakes design research and projects with industry that contribute to improving people’s lives. The Design Age Institute now adjoins the Centre.
- InnovationRCA – housed in the Clore Innovation Centre – is the RCA’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support.
- Seminar & Conference Facility – the top floor of the Rausing Research & Innovation Building housing a new seminar and conference facility for use by the College and external partners.
James Sheppard, Director at Equals said “It’s been a privilege for our project management team to have played a central role in the delivery of such innovative and complex facilities for the RCA faculty, students, artists and designers.”
The development marks a critical point in the RCA’s transformation into a dynamic, STEAM-focused postgraduate university (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), expanding into computer and materials science, robotics, advanced manufacturing, complex visualisation and data science and intelligent mobility.