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Haworth Tompkins' new Royal College of Art building opens

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Haworth Tompkins has completed this new 2,752m² building for the Royal College of Art in Battersea

The Woo Building expands the art school’s ceramics, glass, jewellery and metal department and completes its new Battersea campus.

The 2014 Stirling Prize-winning practice picked up the job seven years ago when it was appointed to work on the masterplan for the site, and this new building sees it complete its third scheme on the campus.

The four-storey building features a triple-height, glazed central hall alongside workshops, studios and offices.

It also includes a new ceramics laboratory with a state-of-the-art kiln room, a large glass furnace workshop, top-lit jewellery and metal studios.

Graham Haworth, director at Haworth Tompkins, said: ‘The Woo Building is the final addition to the Battersea campus, for which we have designed three buildings in total. As with the other buildings, we wanted the Woo to promote collaboration across disciplines, enabled by the flow and shape of the design.

‘This is a very exciting moment for us. We have been working closely with the RCA for over seven years to develop world class facilities for a broad range of artistic practices. We hope these buildings will continue to support and inspire students long into the future, and further reinforce the RCA’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for art and design.’

Paul Thompson, rector of the RCA, added: ‘Haworth Tompkins have created a remarkable space that not only incorporates practically designed state-of-the-art studios and workshops, but also fosters the kinds of connections and collaborations across disciplines that make life at the RCA so rich and rewarding. The addition of the Woo Building to our estate enables us to continue to provide the space and facilities that will attract the very best graduate artists and designers to study with us.’

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Project data

Location Howie Street, Battersea, London
Architect Haworth Tompkins
Client Royal College of Art
Project manager AECOM Davis Langdon
Contractor Vinci Construction
Structural engineer Price and Myers
Services engineer Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Completion date Sept 2015

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