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King's College London Competition - Shortlist announced


26 June 2012

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org


RIBA Competitions is delighted to announce that six teams have now been selected to take part in the design stage of the competition for King’s College London to redevelop the Quadrangle at the historic Strand Campus in London WC2.

Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said: ‘We are very pleased with the variety and high standard of submissions and look forward to the development of an innovative, landmark design that will enhance the surrounding historic architecture’.The shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order) are:

Barozzi Veiga Studio, Barcelona
Carme Pinos Studio, Barcelona
Eric Parry Architects
Hall McKnight, Belfast
Henley Halebrown Rorrison
Zaha Hadid Architects
Niall McLaughlin, RIBA Adviser said: "The competition attracted a large number of high quality entries. The client was keen to explore a diverse range of approaches to the commission and chose a list of practices which will ensure an interesting variety of responses in the next stage of the competition. The list includes younger and more established practices as well as a balance of local and international architects."

The Strand campus at King’s College London provides teaching and social space for some 9,000 students and 1,500 staff.  It has a particular focus on arts and sciences and is home to the College’s Schools of Arts & Humanities, Social Science & Public Policy, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Dickson Poon School of Law and Global Institutes & Centres.

Over the next five years the College plans to add a further 2,600 students at this campus. The £20 million project to design and redevelop the Quad, including the buildings below it and the immediate surroundings will provide an additional 3,700 square metres of teaching and student social space.

The Quad lies between the Grade I listed King’s Building designed by Sir Robert Smirke, also architect of the British Museum, and the Somerset House East Wing designed by Sir William Chambers. The new Strand Quad will be highly distinctive and engaging, while competing sympathetically with the College’s neighbour to the West, Somerset House.

It is anticipated that the space will form a bridge between the King’s Building and Somerset House East Wing by regenerating the deck and lower floors of the Quadrangle area, transforming an underused subterranean area into an innovative, light, flexible space for students suitable for both formal and informal study. 

The teams will be given until mid August to work on their design submissions with final interviews held at the beginning of September.

Notes to editors

Please ensure RIBA Competitions is credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive selection processes. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions

King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2011/12 QS international world rankings), and was The Sunday Times 'University of the Year 2010/11', and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has nearly 23,500 students (of whom more than 9,000 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and some 6,000 employees.

King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.  For further details about King’s College London please visit www.kcl.ac.uk.


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