Somerset House East Wing
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 came 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 plays 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 Dickson Poon 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 Dickson Poon School of Law enjoys 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 has been converted into space for cultural activities open to the public for the first time. The Inigo Rooms provides a focal point and showcase for many of the cultural aspects of the College and seeks to create new forms of engagement with artists, writers, historians and others involved in the cultural community.
The King’s Executive Centre, based on the first floor of Somerset House East Wing, 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.
Browse our image gallery