Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music
More Music represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the RCM’s campus and invest in innovation
Award-winning construction contractor Gilbert-Ash will partner with RCM
Today, Tuesday 13 June 2017, Lord Winston, Chairman of the RCM Council and Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music (RCM) mark the start of an ambitious redevelopment of the RCM’s Kensington campus. After a rousing performance by three RCM trumpeters, Lord Winston plants the first spade in the ground in the courtyard which sits at the heart of the world-famous conservatoire.
Renowned architect John Simpson has reimagined the RCM site with major enhancements to benefit students, staff and visitors. The redevelopment will be funded by a £40 million philhanthropic campaign which has already raised 60% of its overall target.
More Music: Reimagining the Royal College of Music has at its heart a 21st century vision of access and excellence to safeguard and enhance the future of music. HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of the Campaign which will ensure a further strengthening of the College’s facilities, including investment in innovation, new performance and practice spaces, a new Royal College of Music Museum to house its internationally significant collection and an expansion of the College’s scholarship and bursary programmes. This once-in-a-generation opportunity will transform the way students and visitors experience Europe’s number one institution for performing arts for generations to come.
The Royal College of Music has partnered with UK construction contractor Gilbert-Ash, whose award-winning projects include refurbishment works to the Grade II listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the extension of the Institute of Engineering & Technology in London and the iconic new 450-seat Everyman Theatre, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.
Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music said: ‘I am delighted to mark this historic moment. The development of our campus will enhance our facilities and ensure the RCM continues to be a world leader in music education.’
Lord Winston, Chairman of the Royal College of Music Council said: ‘The More Music scheme will unlock the RCM’s potential and secure its long term future as a world leading music conservatoire; I am excited to see the architect’s vision come to life.’
Building works will begin in earnest on 19 June, commencing with the demolition of some of the College’s existing buildings to make room for the new spaces. This investment in the RCM’s South Kensington campus follows initiatives which have seen this prestigious conservatoire invest heavily in its infrastructure facilities. In 2016, the College opened a new student hall of residence in West London, complete with on-site practice and rehearsal rooms and acoustically treated bedrooms. The College also constructed a state of the artPercussion facility and practice suite and new student community spaces and a student facing one-stop-shop. This redevelopment will also provide DDA access throughout most of the RCM’s main campus and this was kickstarted with installation of a new accessible lift at the main entrance.