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Cass School of Architecture faces move from east London

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London Metropolitan University is planning to uproot Cass School of Architecture from its current home in east London to create an expanded single campus

Under proposals agreed last week by London Met’s board of governors, the university will consolidate its operations at its main Holloway Road site in north London, selling off its City and east London buildings at Aldgate and Moorgate to fund a revamped £125million Islington campus.

Staff and students are this week being briefed on the consolidation plans, which are expected to start taking effect in just under two years time.

The Cass currently has three main buildings in Aldgate – Central House, Commercial Road, and its Cartwright Pickard-designed Metropolitan Works (see AJ 05.02.09). The fourth building earmarked for sale is the Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law, in the grade-II listed Electra House, in Moorgate.

In an e-mail to staff and students, seen by the AJ, London Met vice-chancellor John Raftery said the single-campus plans would lead to ‘a smaller university in terms of traditional delivery’ with 10,000 students seen as the ‘optimum number’ down from the current 12,000. 

‘This move is the perfect opportunity to review the courses we offer,’ he said. ‘This may mean a small number of courses are discontinued in the future, however, we are committed to ensuring you complete the course you are enrolled on with us.

‘I appreciate that some colleagues will be unsettled at the prospect of moving from sites that have become familiar. I would like to reassure them that this will be a multi-year transition which will result in a long-term, stable estate which will herald a greater sense of community for both students and staff. It is unlikely that there will be any large scale moves before September 2017.’

Metropolitan Works

The Cass’ Metropolitan Works building by Cartwright Pickard

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  • chris Dyson

    Whilst i understand the motivations, i think the CASS has been a great local contributor to the arts and architecture scene in East London - we shall sorely miss the institution and its contributions to our lives.

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  • It's not that long ago that the Architectural school moved from the Holloway Rd

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  • I can understand the reasons for a single campus (Central House provides a good model for cross disciplinary working), but am fearful that this might not get translated across as well the second time around. Also worried that the already heavily constrained facilities will shrink.

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