Royal College of Art Masterplan, 2011

ten-year plan for two London campuses

Art Schools, like many other large and complex institutions, often require change on an ad-hoc basis. At times in its history, the Royal College of Art has endeavoured to find sufficient space to accommodate all their needs, but the ever-evolving nature of the task made long-term strategies difficult to plan.

Haworth Tompkins were appointed by the Royal College of Art to address this issue by preparing a strategic Masterplan framework for the College; to guide its proposed expansion and growth from 2011 to 2021. Its scope was both Estate-wide and Building-specific and set out a phased development programme to deliver world-class facilities.

Our Masterplan identified opportunities for expansion across the Kensington and Battersea Campuses, formulated a strategy for systematically upgrading the College’s existing facilities and established the most effective departmental adjacencies. These were planned alongside optimising the suitability and utilisation of space. The resulting document set out a clear roadmap and vision for the future of one of the world’s leading Art and Design institutions.


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