The Royal College of Art (RCA) has appointed Kier to construct a £56 million new academic studio and research building at its South Campus
With plans to transform into a STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) postgraduate university, the build will help the the Royal College of Art with their transition by providing a much needed space and resource.
Consisting of a four-storey academic studio building and an eight-storey research building, the new centre will provide space for ten new programmes.
Workshops, manufacturing facilities and a double-height covered street hangar space for large-scale objects are also set to be assembled and exhibited, as well as an expanded business incubator hub for small business start-ups related to the Royal College of Art.
Cliff Thomas, managing director for Kier London, commented: “The new flagship building marks an exciting time for the Royal College of Art and marks its transformation into a dynamic STEAM-focused postgraduate university. It is great working with such a forward-looking body.
“We have extensive experience in delivering pioneering research facilities and we’re proud to be working collaboratively with the Royal College of Art to deliver this new building that will offer excellent facilities to students.”
Kier has started on site this month, with the project due for completion in summer 2020.