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Vinci shows off the Royal College of Art

Vinci’s project for the Royal College of Art in Battersea will be the largest centre for postgraduate applied arts in the UK on completion in September 2014.

The three-storey Woo Building, phase 3 of the college’s development, has been split into two parts, both of which have seen the completion of the ground-floor slabs, with two-thirds of the building already three storeys high.

Students of technical arts such as sculpture will occupy the building by the end of next year.

Site manager Steve McNally pointed out the complexities of the 3,500 sq ft build to a group of enthusiastic visitors as part of Open Doors Weekend, including construction management and building surveying students.

The interior of the build will be bare concrete, so workmanship has to be meticulous to ensure it looks “high spec”, seamless and uniform. Those on site wear outer shoes to avoid prints on the concrete, and lay rebar on ropes to avoid any crushing under the weight.

Project manager Mark Johnson says Open Doors Weekend is an excellent initiative to encourage people into construction.

“We’re keen to spread the word and get people involved,” he says. “It’s not just about recruiting for us, but for the construction industry.”

Site visitor Cliff Thornton, a bid manager at consulting engineers Hurleypalmerflatt, is similarly enthusiastic. “It’s a great idea, and it allows [construction companies] to show how they’re making a difference,” he says.


Location Battersea, London

Contractor Vinci

Client Royal College of Art

Project value £8.4m

Start date 29 April 2013

Completion date 1 September 2014

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