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The RCA Receives £5 million Gift from the Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation, the family-founded grant making Trust, has donated £5 million to the Royal College of Art’s GenerationRCA campaign. It will be used  towards the creation of the RCA’s new flagship Battersea campus, set to open in 2021.

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, RCA said: 

‘This very generous donation will contribute to our new Battersea campus and enable us to enhance our research and teaching. This gift cements the longstanding relationship between the RCA and the Garfield Weston Foundation, who have  supported the College for more than 30 years making multiple and generous donations to support each new chapter in our history. It will create new knowledge, which will feed into new taught programmes and generations of students.' 

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said:

‘The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading art and design university and in recognition of it excellence the Trustees were delighted to support the College to build the infrastructure to educate the next generation of  leading design engineers, architects, car designers and artists.’

The GenerationRCA campaign will see the RCA transform its campuses and the ways in which the university teaches, researches and creates. On a site immediately opposite its existing Battersea campus, the RCA will open a new state-of-the-art building, designed by internationally acclaimed architects Herzog & de Meuron. A landmark for London and British higher education, the development sets a new blueprint for creative education.

As a key part of the College’s investment in its infrastructure, the GenerationRCA campaign will provide considerable and necessary rejuvenation of the Darwin Building at Kensington. It will see the iconic tower sensitively returned  to its former structure.