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Emily Wilding Davison Building


The striking and sensitively designed Davison Building opened its doors in September 2017, ready for the start of the Autumn Term 2017/2018. The build which was completed in 23 months, was opened on time and delivered on budget. 

On Wednesday 18 October, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Chancellor of the University of London formally opened the building which has been named in honour of one of Britain’s most famous suffragettes, and Royal Holloway alumna, Emily Wilding Davison.

The state-of-the-art building provides an innovative environment created to meet the needs of students and staff today, and in the future. It provides students, staff and visitors with access to opportunities, resources and facilities that help them achieve success, as individuals and as part of Royal Holloway’s close community. 

At the heart of the new building is the library space, offering fantastic resources and services, and inspiring areas designed to support different types of study. The seamless space naturally encourages students to explore each service, from the Student Services Centre providing, the central point of contact for all non-academic enquiries and services, to the Careers and Employability service.

The building sits in the heart of the university’s beautiful, leafy campus and complements Royal Holloway’s iconic Founder’s Building. Founder's Square links the grade 1 listed building with the new Davison Building, it provides a fantastic space for students, staff and visitors to relax and spend time in.


  • Library and Archives Services
  • Student Services Centre
  • Careers & Employability service
  • IT resources and support
  • Exhibition & Event spaces
  • Café, shop and bank

External features

  • Approximately 10,400m² adding 13 per cent of new academic space to the campus.
  • 8km of terracotta baguettes, fitted by hand!
  • Ceramic granite panel
  • 500 sheets of glass
  • 1.5km of mullions and transoms to the curtain walling facade system
  • 2,500m² of copper

 Internal features

  • 12.8km shelving mixed compact mobile and traditional shelving
  • Visual concrete columns and soffits
  • Extensive timber finishes
  • Feature lighting


  • BREEAM Excellent
  • Passive sustainable design principles
  • High levels of daylight penetration and LED lighting
  • High efficiency building fabric
  • Photovoltaic solar panels
  • Biodiverse Brown Roof

Meet the team behind the construction

For a look at the construction site click here for the first of these videos featuring Henry, the Site Manager. Henry works for Osborne,  our appointed contractor , responsible for the build. 

In our second video Bernice Bear, the Design Manager for Osborne gives a behind the scenes preview of the project and reveals different elements to the design. 

Warren Jukes is an Architect and the Project Director from Associated Architects, the architecture practice working on our new Emily Wilding Davison Building.  In his video he talks about the design of the building and its setting on campus alongside our historic and iconic Founder's Building.

In the last video Adam Clark, Design Director at Plicke Landscape Architects talks about the design for Founder's Square. 



Celebrating structural completion of the new Science building

Celebrating structural completion of the new Science building

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
HRH The Princess Royal opens the new Emily Wilding Davison Building

HRH The Princess Royal opens the new Emily Wilding Davison Building

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 celebration of the past at George Eliot Hall

A celebration of the past at George Eliot Hall

A plaque, commemorating the preservation of a piece of local history, has been unveiled at the George Eliot Hall.
Tuesday 17th October 2017



Find out more about the building in the guide.

This time-lapse video shows you the construction of the building from October 2015 to September 2017, in super-fast time!


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