Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Exclusive: Principal reveals how King’s snapped up Aldwych Quarter in just six weeks

Main: Principal Ed Byrne / Johnny Tam. Inset: Strand House / Matt Livey

KING’S snapped up the Aldwych Quarter in just six weeks in a completely unexpected opportunity that stunned university chiefs – Principal Ed Byrne told Roar this afternoon.

Ed ‘Babe’ Byrne refused to reveal the cost of the expansion –  which will double the size of the Strand Campus  – due to “commercial confidence”, but described the buildings as “one of the most prized assets in the UK“.

“I didn’t really imagine that King’s would be able to secure something like this,” he said. “We had to act quickly,” he added, “and we’ve taken it.”

King’s plans to lease the Aldwych Quarter, comprising of King House, Strand House, Melbourne House and Bush House, subject to legal approval.

King’s hopes the new additions to the Strand campus will be fully functional as soon as September 2016.

The Virginia Woolf Building may also be sold off in the next ten years as Ed said the lease was very “expensive”– and the James Clerk Maxwell Building in Waterloo will be sold “within five years” to help fund investment in medical campuses.

Ed said King’s looked at the recently-demolished building opposite KCLSU on Surrey Street, Strand Campus, but said the College couldn’t afford it.

The College also looked at Somerset House but said that it was unavailable and “frankly not fit for purpose in terms of its design for state-of-the-art teaching and learning space.”

Roar will tour the Aldwych Quarter on Friday – check back for exclusive photos

He said two thirds of the Aldwych Quarter will be acquired “immediately” – within the next six to eight weeks – and the remaining third to coincide with the expiry of the VWB lease.

It’s expected that the expansion into the Aldwych Quarter will not change the Strand redevelopment plans – which include building a glass-floored Quad, and an Embankment entrance – and will actually speed up the process and minimise disruption.

Under the previous plans, Ed admitted that the Strand campus would have been “a building site for six to eight years,” in order to allow for continued teaching while building occurred.

It’s now hoped that the Aldwych buildings will allow King’s to complete the Strand redevelopment process within three years.

Ed wouldn’t reveal costs due to “commercial confidence” but said they would “appear [in the College’s accounts] in due course”.

The Principal said the “next stage” was consulting with students and staff, which will begin as early as next Monday.

A committee will be set up with staff and student representation, with working groups on the key issues – each of which will have student representation.

Vice Principal Karen O’Brien also told Roar that consultation would be so detailed as to go down to the detail of “fabrics” used in the newly acquired buildings.

The expansion aligns with the current King’s Futures plans to increase the number of students studying at King’s over the next few years.

/home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/html-layout.php on line 19
" data-author-type="
Warning: Undefined array key "type" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/html-layout.php on line 20
" data-author-archived="
Warning: Undefined array key "archived" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/html-layout.php on line 21
">
/home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/html-layout.php on line 41

Warning: Undefined array key "id" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/html-layout.php on line 41
-"
Warning: Undefined array key "archive" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/html-layout.php on line 42
itemscope itemid="" itemtype="https://schema.org/Person" >

Warning: Undefined array key "img" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-avatar.php on line 6

Warning: Undefined array key "show_social_web" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-socialmedia.php on line 8

Warning: Undefined array key "show_social_mail" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-socialmedia.php on line 9

Warning: Undefined array key "show_social_phone" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-socialmedia.php on line 10

Warning: Undefined array key "type" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-name.php on line 19

Warning: Undefined array key "type" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-name.php on line 21

Warning: Undefined array key "type" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-name.php on line 23

Warning: Undefined array key "archive" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-name.php on line 39

Warning: Undefined array key "name" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-name.php on line 43

Warning: Undefined array key "job" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-meta.php on line 12

Warning: Undefined array key "job" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-meta.php on line 17

Warning: Undefined array key "company" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-meta.php on line 19

Warning: Undefined array key "phone" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-meta.php on line 28

Warning: Undefined array key "mail" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-meta.php on line 38

Warning: Undefined array key "web" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-meta.php on line 48

Warning: Undefined array key "bio" in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/molongui-authorship/views/author-box/parts/html-bio.php on line 10

Latest

Comment

Staff writer Sophia Chan examines the lack of innovation from US Big Pharma firms and proposes her solutions for how the Biden administration could...

NATO DSG at the headquarters in Brussels NATO DSG at the headquarters in Brussels

Comment

Staff Writer Patrick Schnecker interviews NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. If the YouTube link does not load, click...

Comment

President of King’s College London (KCL) Israel Society Aurele Tobelem dissects the demands of the student-led coalition protesting at the pro-Palestine encampments. Editor’s note:...

Comment

The last day people can register to vote for the upcoming UK general election will be 18 June – don’t miss out. On 4...

A photo of a street in Delhi A photo of a street in Delhi

Comment

Staff Writers Aryan Pandla and Abhinav Poludasu reflect on the results from the recent election in India, considering its impact on Narendra Modi’s power...

Comment

President of King’s College London (KCL) Israel Society Aurele Tobelem dissects the demands of the student-led coalition protesting at the pro-Palestine encampments. Editor’s note:...

Events

Staff writer Anoushka Sinha reports on this year’s Higgs lecture, delivered by Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell and hosted by the KCL Physics department...

News

Information received under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) shows that ten King’s College London (KCL) locations across London still contain potentially dangerous asbestos....

News

Staff writer Ewan White discusses a recent peanut allergy study and its subsequent media coverage. Recent research from King’s College London (KCL) has found...


Fatal error: Uncaught wfWAFStorageFileException: Unable to save temporary file for atomic writing. in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordfence/vendor/wordfence/wf-waf/src/lib/storage/file.php:34 Stack trace: #0 /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordfence/vendor/wordfence/wf-waf/src/lib/storage/file.php(658): wfWAFStorageFile::atomicFilePutContents() #1 [internal function]: wfWAFStorageFile->saveConfig() #2 {main} thrown in /home/roarnews/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordfence/vendor/wordfence/wf-waf/src/lib/storage/file.php on line 34