RCA New Battersea Campus
Construction is underway at the Royal College of Art's expanding Battersea Campus, to create a state-of-the-art building for postgraduate students and entrepreneurs, following our planning approval by Wandsworth Council in January 2018. The building will open in autumn 2021 as part of a £108 million investment programme that will secure the RCA’s future in Battersea and deliver new studios, workshops and incubator units to support the College's future.
This new flagship building is part of the RCA’s most exciting phase in its 181-year history, marking the College's transformation into a dynamic STEAM-focused postgraduate university (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). As the world’s leading art and design university, the expansion of the Battersea Campus will enable the College to continue to compete globally and attract the highest calibre students and future entrepreneurs.
The new building is designed by Herzog & de Meuron and will sit alongside the RCA’s existing Dyson, Woo and Sackler Buildings. It will provide space for ten new programmes and the expansion of research and knowledge exchange centres including computer and materials science, the impact of the digital economy, advanced manufacturing and intelligent mobility. These areas of research and learning are critical to the UK economy, and the RCA has already attracted partnerships with world-leading businesses, including collaborations with Hyundai-Kia and Burberry.
The project will also bring benefits to the local community with a new café and art materials shop, a public engagement programme, and improvements to the area of Radstock Street in front of the Research Building.
Battersea is increasingly becoming known as London’s new creative quarter, with a wealth of cultural assets and a growing number of galleries. Innovative tech companies are moving in, including Apple, which is making Battersea its UK headquarters. Our new flagship building will add to this vibrant mix and aligns with the London Borough of Wandsworth’s ambitions for the area.
In summary, the project will provide:
- A new 15,500sqm building providing distinct areas for teaching, innovation and research
- New research centres, and increased support for small graduate start-up businesses through an expanded InnovationRCA incubator programme
- A double-height covered street hangar space for large-scale objects to be assembled and exhibited
- A new publicly accessible café and art materials shop
- Improved routes through the site to link the new building to the existing Battersea campus and surrounding area
- Additional cycle parking spaces to encourage continued sustainable travel
- An enhanced cultural programme