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John Simpson wins £25m Royal College of Music revamp

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New Classicist John Simpson Architects has won a design competition for a £25 million regeneration of the Royal College of Music (RCM) in South Kensington

The practice defeated Dixon Jones, John McAslan + Partners and ADAM Architecture to land the prestigious west London job.

Planned to complete in 2018, the project will deliver a new raised open air quad and two multi-purpose performance venues inside the Blomfield and Sidney Smith-designed complex.

A new home for the Museum of Music, practice rooms, teaching facilities, a cafe-bar and restaurant will also be included.

John Simpson said: ‘There are so many parallels between Music and Architecture. It is an enormous privilege to be involved with an architectural project of such significance where one is contributing to the continued excellence of such a distinguished national institution as the Royal College of Music, while at the same time giving the opportunity to music lovers across the world to benefit from and enjoy the RCM’s high quality music making. ‘

RCM chair Robert Winston added: ‘John Simpson’s vision makes best use of the RCM’s space, and was unanimously selected by the RCM Council.

‘In extending the language of the existing building his design showcases a sensitive response to the RCM’s Victorian heritage. The proposed works will unlock the RCM’s potential and secure its long term future as a world-leading music conservatoire.’

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