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Proposals for New State-of-the-Art Teaching and Research Centre in Battersea Submitted by the Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has submitted proposals to Wandsworth Council for a state-of-the art building for postgraduate students and entrepreneurs, which will secure the RCA’s future in Battersea and deliver new studios, workshops and incubator units required to support its future growth. 

This new flagship building is part of the RCA’s most exciting phase in its 180-year history marking its transformation into a dynamic STEAM-focused postgraduate university (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The RCA is the world’s leading Art and Design University and the expansion of the Battersea Campus will enable it to continue to compete globally and attract the highest calibre students and future entrepreneurs.

The project has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron, following an architectural competition. The new building will sit alongside the RCA’s existing Dyson, Woo and Sackler Buildings. It will facilitate the provision of 10 new programmes and the College’s expansion of its research and knowledge exchange centres into the domains of 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 the likes of Hyundai and Burberry.


The design of the new building incorporates a new café and art materials shop with improved routes through the site which will all be publicly accessible. Other public realm improvements are also proposed.


Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art said: ‘The RCA is committed to nurturing the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. We are thrilled with how Herzog & de Meuron have responded to our brief to create our new centre in Battersea to embody this vision, helping us to deliver transformational experiences for our students and ensuring that the UK continues to lead the world in art and design.’


For further information or images please contact Bethany Bull, RCA Press Office on t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114, e: [email protected], or [email protected]

Notes to Editors

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at number one in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 QS World University Rankings by subject. Engaging in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, architecture, fine art, design, communications and humanities. It offers 28 highly specialised programmes in Art & Design to over 2,000 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 800 professionals interacting with them – including researchers, art and design practitioners, along with advisers and distinguished visitors.