In addition to current Estates projects a number of high profile projects have been completed over the past few years. An overview of these can be found below
Cicley Saunders Institute
The projects team took the lead in the construction of the Cicely Saunders Institute at Denmark Hill, at an overall cost of around £10 million. This impressive new building provides a wonderful home for the Institute. With its stylish handmade brick and wood façade, it was designed to reflect the principles of palliative care, to be a place of hope, care, support and transition.
Plants and vegetation run throughout the building, making it a healing space and a beautiful environment for visitors and staff. Built in a highly sustainable way, it incorporates a host of low carbon technologies including solar thermal water panels, a ground source heat pump, and natural stack ventilation.
More information about the Institute can be found here: http://www.csi.kcl.ac.uk/.
The internal project manager was Raghbir Nagra, Senior Project Manager, Estates and Facilities
There have been a number of phased capital projects at the Strand Campus, significantly raising the quality of teaching and research space.
In 2004-6 the College undertook Phase II, a major renovation of part of the Grade I listed King’s Building. The project, which cost around £40 million, has completely transformed the interior of a large part of this building. The elegant 19th century features have been restored and updated, creating a superb environment for students and staff.
The South Range has undergone an exceptional conservation –led redevelopment with an emphasis on easier access and sustainability. It includes high quality teaching, social and research space for the 7,000 students and staff based there, as well as facilities of value to the whole College.
The Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, officially opened the South Range of the King’s Building on 15th May 2006.
The internal project manager was Alan Gibbs, Senior Project Manager, Estates and Facilities.
Somerset House East Wing
The complete refurbishment of the Grade II* listed former Public Record Office building on Chancery Lane at a cost of £40 million. The projects team steered the transformation of this beautiful building, a masterpiece of neo-gothic architecture, into the modern state of the art Maughan Library. It was opened by the Queen in November 2002.
The transformation of South Range of the King’s Building, creating first class academic facilities while restoring the original features of this Grade I listed historic building. It is now a very popular environment in the College.
Denmark Hill library
Her Majesty The Queen officially opened Somerset House East Wing on 29 February 2012. This is the new front door to King’s College London. 180 years after King’s was built on the Strand, the College has realised its long-held ambition to move into the East Wing. King’s has breathed new life into the building which will be restored to its original status as a landmark London public building, refurbished to the highest standards with its architectural harmony enhanced and public access improved.
The official launch of Somerset House East Wing comes after 18 months of restoration, which began when King’s secured a 78 year lease for the building in 2009. The interior has been stripped of alterations made over the years, new lifts have been installed and the basement floor lowered. Original features, such as cornices and fireplaces, have been refurbished. The interior decoration has been carefully conceived to complement the historic setting of the building. Designers have re-introduced colours in keeping with the Georgian style, whilst creating a fresh and modern interior suited to a working building for the 21st century.
Somerset House East Wing will play a key role in King’s continued development as a world-class university, extending the Strand campus and providing high quality accommodation for the College’s teaching and research. In its new home, the School of Law now has premises fitting to its standing as one of Europe’s premier law schools and reflecting its 180 year old tradition of excellence.
The School of Law will enjoy state of the art teaching facilities and learning spaces as well as a dedicated Moot Court. King’s Law students have excelled at moot court competitions over the years; now this new facility will enable them to practise their courtroom performance skills in space specifically designed for this purpose.
The ground floor will be converted into space for cultural activities open to the public for the first time. The Inigo Rooms will provide a focal point and showcase for many of the cultural aspects of the College and will seek to create new forms of engagement with artists, writers, historians and others involved in the cultural community.
The King’s Executive Centre will be based on the first floor of Somerset House East Wing and offers a range of training suites, seminar, meeting and breakout rooms, lounges and business centre, together with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and quality catering. The facility is aimed at the executive education market and is also available for external hire meetings, video conferencing, launches and events.
As part of King’s drive to create state of the art student learning and teaching facilities, the Denmark Hill Library will be completely transformed.
Please see the dedicated Denmark Hill Library Transformation site.