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King's College - Somerset House East Wing

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion Awards
London, UK King’s College London £17m 2012 1

Project details

This Grade I listed building has spacious original interiors and a number of magnificent stone staircases that were in critical need of refurbishment.

The primary intervention has been the significant reordering, for clarity of access by re-establishing primary visual axes, and inserting new lifts to improve vertical connections.

Missing elements of the cantilevered staircase have been rebuilt using traditional techniques while the framework for future links has been created in order to connect the front door through the east wing and into the campus at several levels.

Brief

  • phase III of the masterplan for the development of the Strand Campus
  • bring a listed building up to current environmental and technical standards
  • restore clarity to the internal organisation of the building

Results

  • the building was designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ within the constraints of the Grade I listing
  • the new space hosts international conferences and symposia, raising the college’s profile with a global audience
  • ‘Highly Commended’ RICS Building Conservation Award 2013

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