The Quad redevelopment forms the cornerstone of the wider Strand Campus renewal programme, a series of projects which are aimed at providing world-class new and refurbished facilities for the King’s communities, as well as maintaining our historic buildings.
An artist's impression of the finished Quad surface. The project will modernise and improve the surface of the Quad, while providing engineering research laboratories and teaching space for new undergraduate engineering programmes in Strand Campus Quad basement levels -1 and -2. The basement under the Quad will feature new common space. The two basement levels are currently not in use and will give the campus an extra 3,000m2 – almost equivalent in size to the Macadam Building – which will be converted into high-quality engineering research, learning, formal and informal teaching space. The space under the Quad, as seen in August 2018. The project will also remove the Quad’s tired, worn asphalt and replace it with a new resin-bound gravel surface and relevelled and refurbished King’s Building steps.
This will provide a clean, new modern look while remaining in keeping with the Quad’s history and its surrounding, including the King’s Building and the East Wing of Somerset House, which are both Grade I listed.
The redevloped Quad will include an oculus which looks down into the basement.
This new surface will improve an important piece of outdoor social space which is enjoyed by the campus community, as well as affirming King’s commitment to its role as a custodian of central London’s heritage.