Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Hall McKnight win competition to redevelop Quadrangle at King's College London

Belfast based Hall McKnight Architects have won the competition to redevelop the Quadrangle at King’s College London’s historic Strand Campus.

Credit: Hall McKnight Architects.

They fought off strong competition from Estudio Barozzi Veiga; Estudio Carme Pinos with Soto-Lay Architects; Eric Parry Architects; Henley Halebrown Rorrison and Zaha Hadid Architects. Hall McKnight’s submission was considered to be unique in playing to the strengths of the historic buildings surrounding the Quad.

Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said: "Hall McKnight had undertaken an impressive analysis of the site and presented a clear philosophy. By uncovering layers of the past, the architects showed a real engagement with the history of the buildings surrounding the Quad. The competition jury panel was impressed with Hall McKnight’s passion, intelligence, strategic sense and communicative ability. I am confident that Hall McKnight will develop a detailed design and create an innovative learning and social space for King’s students, staff and the wider community."

Credit: Hall McKnight Architects

Hall McKnight commented: "We are delighted to emerge as the winners of this competition from among such a strong shortlist; it’s an ideal project for us. We enjoyed the process of developing our approach and engaging with such a considered brief that successfully articulated the views and aspirations of the staff and students at King’s. We look forward to developing the project with the university to transform the Quadrangle as a new focus for the Strand Campus without disrupting the special qualities inherent in this most distinctive of spaces in London." 

The Strand Quadrangle Architectural Competition Exhibition is still available online and can be found on the College website.

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