King’s College London - Strand Campus

London, WC2
King’s College London
Commission completed 2014
3.7 acres
Education, public realm

PLP, Architect

Gerald Eve, Planning consultant

Montagu Evans, Heritage consultant

M3 undertook an initial feasibility review on options for acquiring additional space in the vicinity of King’s College’s Strand Campus to accommodate significant increase of projected student numbers. One of the recommended options was to divest the period buildings along Surrey Street in order to fund the acquisition of available suitable space off campus.

In parallel, King’s College also commissioned M3 to assemble a team to look at the redevelopment potential of the academic space within the campus. M3 produced a hierarchy of masterplan options, responding to the requirements of a significant uplift in an highly sensitive heritage environment. This formed the basis of the masterplan brief for the campus and a phased 12- to 15-year redevelopment strategy that was presented to Westminster City Council.

Project highlights

  • Enabling the university to maximise the funding resulting from the Government White Paper on Higher Education Funding
  • Improving flexibility and utilisation, and enhancing permeability and public realm
  • Developing and implementing EU compliant procurement strategy for the consultant team for the planning and implementation stages
  • Managing complicated property related issues and adjoining owner interfaces