Exhibition Road building postponed
11 March 2010
Plans to develop a new facade for the South Kensington Campus on Exhibition Road (covered in Reporter issue 202) have been postponed, the Rector announced to staff last week. The new Exhibition Road Building, designed by top architects Foster and Partners and a key element of the programme to transform the ‘South East Quadrant’ (SEQ) of the campus, would have offered new facilities to the Faculty of Engineering and exhibition space.
Commenting on the decision, Rector Sir Keith O’Nions said: “Acknowledging the potential for Imperial to expand its activities into its new site at Wood Lane, and taking a necessarily sombre perspective on the risks the future holds for university funding sources, the executive board of the SEQ project has recommended that the next phase of the project should be postponed.”
He added: “We have done much valuable work that underpins an exciting vision for what we want teaching, research and the general environment at Imperial to look like in the future. I hope that not one good idea that has come forward will be wasted.”
The current work on the Skempton (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Mechanical Engineering buildings will be completed on budget and on schedule by November 2010. The SEQ project team will explore alternative, cheaper routes that will contribute to satisfying the space requirements of our core academic mission.