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Winner announced for the redevelopment of Quadrangle at the Strand Campus King's College London


10 October 2012

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

RIBA Competitions is delighted to announce that Hall McKnight have won the competition to redevelop the Quadrangle at King’s College London’s historic Strand Campus.

They fought off strong competition from Estudio Barozzi Veiga; Estudio Carme Pinos with Soto-Lay Architects; Eric Parry Architects; Henley Halebrown Rorrison and Zaha Hadid Architects. Hall McKnight’s submission was considered to be unique in playing to the strengths of the historic buildings surrounding the Quad. 

Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said ‘Hall McKnight had undertaken an impressive analysis of the site and presented a clear philosophy. By uncovering layers of the past, the architects showed a real engagement with the history of the buildings surrounding the Quad. The competition jury panel was impressed with Hall McKnight’s passion, intelligence, strategic sense and communicative ability.’

I am confident that Hall McKnight will develop a detailed design and create an innovative learning and social space for King’s students, staff and the wider community.’

Niall McLaughlin, RIBA Adviser said:  ‘This competition contained a strong and diverse international field. The quality of the submissions was very high. It was a pleasure to witness each of the presentations. Hall McKnight showed an ability to move from a detailed historical investigation to a very confident design synthesis. This shows great promise and maturity. I am confident that they can work well with King’s to develop a very successful building in this extraordinary setting.’

Hall McKnight commented ‘We are delighted to emerge as the winners of this competition from among such a strong shortlist; it’s an ideal project for us. We enjoyed the process of developing our approach and engaging with such a considered brief that successfully articulated the views and aspirations of the staff and students at King’s. We look forward to developing the project with the university to transform the Quadrangle as a new focus for the Strand Campus without disrupting the special qualities inherent in this most distinctive of spaces in London.’

In the next phase of the project, King’s will work with Hall McKnight to develop the concept. It is anticipated that a design will be completed in Spring 2013 and it is hoped that the Quad will be in use in the 2014-15 academic year.

The Strand Campus at King’s College London provides teaching and social space for some 9,000 students and 1,500 staff. The campus 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 meters of teaching and student social space.

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

About King’s College London

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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