The Bedford Building, previously the Bedford Library, after a period of repurposing will become home to the Departments of Mathematics and Information Security and Computer Science. This move recognises the synergies in research expertise, education and new technologies for our community of students and staff in these three areas and offers opportunities as a global centre of excellence.
The space is being designed to improve student experience with new informal learning and collaboration areas as well as additional research and PC labs. The Physics Department will also use some of the space on the lower ground floor for a new state-of-the-art suite of clean rooms, which will operate as the UK centre for superconducting and hybrid quantum systems to expand our capacity for world-class academic research and commercial collaborations.
The move into the Bedford Building in turn vacates space within the McCrea Building. This will be used to move Management out of Founder’s East, creating much needed space for welfare and other services that need to be at the heart of the student facing operations around Founder’s Square. McCrea will be refurbished to continue housing History, and parts of Management and Economics, as well as new teaching space.
Once redecorated the Founder’s West Reading Room will reopen in 2018, providing students, as it always has, with space to study and reflect in historic surroundings. The other areas in Founder’s that made up the library have been adapted and changed throughout our history to meet the changing needs of students – and today is no exception. Some exciting opportunities are currently being reviewed, but as Founder’s is a Grade I listed building there are many factors that need to be considered. As soon as plans are confirmed they will be shared with our community.
When will this happen?
In autumn 2018 work began on clearing the Bedford Building and the new state-of-the-art suite of clean rooms on the lower ground floor, the rest of the refurbishment work will start in early 2018.
- On Thursday 9 November, Royal Holloway, University of London, held a 'topping out' ceremony to mark the structural completion of the new £22.2million Science building. Guests at the ceremony included key representatives from Royal Holloway and Electronic Engineering students, as well as Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne, the construction company that is managing the build.
- Friday 10th November 2017
- The new Emily Wilding Davison Building at Royal Holloway, University of London's Egham campus was officially opened on 16 October by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor, University of London.
- Thursday 19th October 2017
- A plaque, commemorating the preservation of a piece of local history, has been unveiled at the George Eliot Hall.
- Tuesday 17th October 2017
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