The Royal College of Art is to set up a new ‘creative hub’ at the former BBC Media Village in White City, West London.
It has agreed to lease the whole of the broadcaster’s refurbished former Garden House building as a base for 700 students and staff relocating from Kensington ahead of the opening of a new Herzog & de Meuron-designed campus in Battersea, expected in 2020-2021.
Moving to White City in September this year will be the RCA’s School of Communication, School of Humanities and new planned programmes within the School of Architecture.
Herzog & de Meuron won the design competition for the RCA’s Battersea campus in the autumn and its proposal forms part of plans to move the college into areas beyond its core art and design subjects and place it at the threshold between science, art, design and technology.
Dr Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture said, “the college was looking forward to working with the Swiss practice to develop a concept, in consultation with partners and stakeholders.”
“Great architecture has the potential to transform the way people socialise, work, learn, think and communicate – all the ingredients that lead to powerful ideas and life-changing innovations,” he added.
The RCA said the new building at Battersea would provide 15,000 sq m of new studio, teaching, workshop and research space, to create ‘the best art and design university facilities in the world’.