Kier has been appointed by the Royal College of Art (RCA) to deliver its £56m state-of-the-art new academic studio and research building located at its South Campus as part of the RCA’s development plan to transform into a dynamic STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) postgraduate university.

The 15,500m2 centre will consist of a four-storey academic studio building and an eight-storey research building. It will contain workshops, manufacturing facilities and a double-height covered street hangar space for large-scale objects to be assembled and exhibited, as well as an expanded business incubator hub for small business start-ups related to the RCA.

The centre will provide space for ten new programmes and the expansion of research and knowledge exchange centres to include computer and materials science, the impact of the digital economy, advanced manufacturing and intelligent mobility.

Kier has started on site this month, with the project due for completion in summer 2020.

Cliff Thomas, managing director for Kier London, commented: “The new flagship building marks an exciting time for the RCA and marks its transformation into a dynamic STEAM-focused postgraduate university. It is great working with such a forward-looking body.

“We have extensive experience in delivering pioneering research facilities and we’re proud to be working collaboratively with the RCA to deliver this new building that will offer excellent facilities to students.”

This latest win for Kier further reinforces its position as a leading provider of research facilities and follows on from its recent win to deliver a brand-new health research facility for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Other partners for the project include Mott MacDonald who is providing building services, civil, structural, fire and acoustic engineering as well as strategic brief development and cost consultancy services.