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11 Dec 2018
Approval for Kings College’s Strand Campus Building, London, England, UK

Revised proposals for the King’s College London’s Strand campus have received planning permission from Westminster Council planners. The planning approval comes three years after a controversial version of the scheme was abandoned.

152–158 Strand design proposal:
152–158 Strand design proposal by Hall McKnight
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The 2015 scheme involved the demolition of three of the four historic buildings next to Grade I-listed Somerset House to provide the university with a new academic building and an extension to the 1972 Strand Building delivering an extra 3,000sqm of space. Only the façade of Grade II-listed 152-153 The Strand would have been retained.

Although Westminster Council approved the earlier plans, the UK communities secretary called in the application due to anger from campaigners. The Client retained architects Hall McKnight to devise a new architectural design.

152–158 Strand Kings College’s Strand Campus building design proposal by Hall McKnight:
152–158 Strand Kings College’s Strand Campus Building design proposal by Hall McKnight
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According to the architects, “The project at 152–158 Strand comprises of six buildings located along the south side of the Strand adjacent to St Mary–Le–Strand Church. Located within King’s College London’s Strand Campus, the buildings are identified to be of value within the townscape and Strand Conservation Area.”

Website: 52–158 Strand – Kings College’s Strand Campus building design by Hall McKnight

30 Mar 2017
Kings College’s Strand Campus Building, London, England, UK

Hall McKnight has won planning permission for a scaled-down version of controversial plans to improve teaching space at Kings College’s Strand campus in London.

Good quality images below by the architects Hall McKnight:

Kings College’s Strand Campus Building

Kings College’s Strand Campus Building

Hall McKnight were commissioned for this project in early 2014 following their success in the international RIBA design contest in 2012. The site is located amongst some of the most significant of London’s Grade 1 listed buildings. King’s hope to expand their accommodation at the Strand Campus to provide high quality teaching and learning space including a new learning commons space.

Kings College’s Strand Campus Building

Kings College’s Strand Campus Building

Kings College’s Strand Campus Building

The project involves the construction of a new building on the Strand, alterations and extensions to the Strand Building, including the refurbishment of a large lecture theatre and the construction of a new building within the Quadrangle. The principles established during the design competition have endured through the development of the project so that the new built elements combine to re–establish the order of the classical plan of Somerset House and create a more connected campus.

Images below by Miller Hare:

Kings College’s Strand Campus design

Kings College’s Strand Campus design

The proposal seeks to engage with the history of the site to produce a project that enhances the setting of the existing listed buildings, whilst establishing a strong, distinct character to the Quadrangle as the focus of the campus. The planning and listed building consent applications were submitted in early December 2014.

source: Kings College’s Strand Campus Building design by Hall McKnight

16 Nov 2016
Gallaudet University International Design Competition Winner

Gallaudet University design  by Hall McKnight architects
image © Gallaudet University / Malcolm Reading Consultants/ Hall McKnight

Gallaudet University International Design Competition

• The winning design for Gallaudet University, an internationally-recognised centre for Deaf Culture, offers a new global model for bridging the hearing and deaf worlds
• Hall McKnight’s proposal for a new landmark building and remodelled campus space was praised by the jury as accomplished, eloquent and poetic
• Project will be the first to apply Gallaudet’s innovative “DeafSpace Design Guidelines” in the public realm
• This is the first phase in a 1.2 million square foot development project between Gallaudet and The JBG Companies to regenerate university-owned land along 6th Street, adjacent to its historic campus

Kings College London Strand buildings:
Kings College London Strand buildings

Hall McKnight Projects

MAC – Museum Arts Centre, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Museum Arts Centre
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Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre

Vartov Square, Copenhagen, Denmark
Vartov Square Copenhagen
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Vartov Square Design

Dowling House, Cultra, County Down, Northern Ireland
Dowling House
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Fishbone, Belfast
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Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Lyric Theatre
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RSUA Entrance refurbishment, Belfast
RSUA Entrance
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St Anne’s Spire Competition entry, Belfast
St Anne's Spire
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Slater Design, Holywood, County Down
Slater Design
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Hall McKnight Practice Information

Address: Unit B1.11, 310 Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 1HE
Phone: 028 9046 9400

Hall McKnight is an architectural practice established in 2003, with architects offices in Belfast and London. In 2008 this architecture practice won the prestigious UK and Ireland ‘Young Architect of the Year Award’ (as Hackett Hall McKnight).

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