Haworth Tompkins Architects have been selected to develop a new site for the Royal College of Art, which is situated adjacent to the College's existing Sculpture Building in Battersea, London. The new development will be phased and ultimately will contain space for teaching, research, business-related activities and a range of support services.
Haworth Tompkins were chosen from a strong shortlist of five practices which included Benson & Forsyth, Keith Williams Architects, Urban Salon and Feilden Clegg Bradley.
The Jury Panel consisted of representatives from the Royal College of Art, together with Spencer de Grey CBE (Foster and Partners) and Professor Derek Walker (Derek Walker Associates) representing the RIBA.
The winning practice will now work closely with the College to design a scheme and it is hoped that the first phase will start on site next year.
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling (Rector of the Royal College of Art) commented:
"We are very pleased that Haworth Tompkins have been selected. They are an exciting, young practice with some very impressive arts projects under their belt – and many stimulating ideas for the Battersea Site. We like the way they work and they have a strong affinity with the College's plans and aspirations. We look forward very much to working closely with Haworth Tompkins on the development of the design. This will be the most significant RCA building project for nearly half a century."
Graham Haworth of Haworth Tompkins said: "We are delighted to have been selected to work with the RCA to design their new building. With few exceptions, the college of art and design, as a building type, has not particularly developed beyond important earlier models such as Glasgow School of Art or The Bauhaus; this project presents a fascinating opportunity to do this, and create a significant new environment for creative work."
Cllr Edward Lister, Leader of Wandsworth Council, commented: "The prospect of the RCA establishing a major new presence in Battersea is incredibly exciting. We are looking forward to high-quality design and a vibrant mix of uses in the new building."