RCA submits Battersea plans

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has submitted plans for a £108 million building for postgraduate students and entrepreneurs in Battersea.

The building will include new studios, workshops and incubator units required to support the RCA’s future growth.

This new flagship building is part of the next phase in the RCA’s 180-year history marking, says the college, its transformation into “a dynamic STEAM-focused postgraduate university” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The RCA says the expansion of the Battersea Campus will enable it to continue to compete globally and attract the highest calibre students and future entrepreneurs.

The project has been designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, following an architectural competition. The new building will sit alongside the RCA’s existing Dyson, Woo and Sackler Buildings. It will facilitate the provision of 10 new programmes and the College’s expansion of its research and knowledge exchange centres into the domains of computer and materials science, the impact of the digital economy, advanced manufacturing and intelligent mobility. The RCA has already attracted partnerships with world-leading businesses, including collaborations with the likes of Hyundai and Burberry.

The design of the new building incorporates a new café and art materials shop with improved routes through the site which will all be publicly accessible. Other public realm improvements are also proposed.

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art said: “The RCA is committed to nurturing the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. We are thrilled with how Herzog & de Meuron have responded to our brief to create our new centre in Battersea to embody this vision, helping us to deliver transformational experiences for our students and ensuring that the UK continues to lead the world in art and design.”

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