Mott MacDonald has been appointed lead consultant by the Royal College of Art (RCA) for a new education facility at the university’s Battersea South campus in London, UK. The consultancy is working with Equals and Herzog & de Meuron to deliver the £108 million state-of-the-art building, which will help transform the RCA into a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) focused graduate university.
With a history dating back 180 years, the RCA is recognised as the world’s number one university of design and art. It is now looking to the future and is seeking to expand its research and knowledge exchange centres into the domains of computer and materials science. The new facility will be at the heart of the RCA’s Battersea South campus, bringing together the worlds of art, design, science and technology. It is envisaged that this will help create transformational impact in areas such as connected cities, robotics, the internet of things and intelligent mobility, sustainability and mass migration.
Mott MacDonald will deliver building services, civil, structural, fire and acoustic engineering as well as strategic brief development and cost consultancy on the project. The consultancy and Equals will also provide project management support for the facility, with Herzog & de Meuron acting as architects.
Henry Luker, technical director at Mott MacDonald, said: "Projects like this don’t come along very often. We’re looking forward to working with the RCA and Herzog & de Meuron to deliver a world class new building that will benefit all the students at the university for generations to come.”