George Eliot Hall
Our new student accommodation on our North Campus, between Harvest Road and Chestnut Drive, was ready for over 600 students to move into at the start of the academic year. Take a look at some of the photos.
The new student residences is named after the writer George Eliot, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, and alumna of Bedford College.
The George Eliot Halls at a glance:
- 56 new townhouses that will become home to more than 600 students.
- The townhouses will have social spaces, receptions and laundries.
- Three and four storey units, housing eight or 12 students each.
- Outdoor social and study spaces.
“This project provides an exciting new model for student accommodation which will serve Royal Holloway for years to come.The townhouses encourage communal living, with shared facilities and common areas. The development has been arranged among mature trees and will create pleasant green spaces and sheltered paths connecting residences to the main campus."
Mike Berry, Director of Estates at Royal Holloway
Preserving a piece of local history
At the front of one of the buildings are six bricks of particular significance. These came from The Beeches, a Victorian house that previously stood on the site. When The Beeches was built in the 1890s for the Pocock family, each family member had one brick specially engraved with his/her initials. These have now been incorporated into one of the townhouses. We carefully removed the bricks last year to ensure this piece of local history was preserved and we will be inviting the family to unveil a plaque when the residences are complete next year. Find out more about the bricks in this 'Behind the hat' video with Steve Tong, one of our bricklayers.
When was the accommodation finished?
The hall is finished ready for the 2017/18 academic year.
- 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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