The college's Strategic Plan calls for a large number of academic developments, including the introduction of new MA courses and an increase in research activity. Student numbers are expected to grow 56% by 2015 and a masterplan of the whole estate, undertaken by Haworth Tompkins, provides a dramatic new vision for the college, expanding its physical space by a third from 17,500 sqm to 28,000 sqm
- an increase of 10,500 sqm. The Dyson Building provides 3,000 sqm of this in new purpose built space. Phase 3 will provide a further 2,000 sqm, followed by a future building of 5,000 sqm by 2020.
For the final phase of expansion the masterplan looked at four main options and settled on moving Fashion and Textiles to Battersea by 2020, linking up with Applied Art to form a new
School of Material. By 2020 the RCA's Six Schools will be located over the two sites, with the Schools of Design, Architecture, Communications and Humanities remaining in Kensington and the Schools of Fine Art and Material located in Battersea.
Kensington will remain the main administrative centre of the College and will retain the Rectory, Registrar, Senior Common Room, Library and general workshops. At 2015 with the completion of Phase 3, the ratio of Kensington to Battersea by area will be 63% to 37% and by 2020 after the implementation of Phase 4 of the Masterplan, the ratio will be 56% to 44%.
Royal College of Art Masterplan
Address: Battersea and Kensington Gore, London
Completion Date: 2012
Client: Royal College of Art