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Emily Wilding Davison Building

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Our exciting and ambitious new Library and Student Services Centre opened its doors this September, ready for the start of the Autumn Term 2017/2018.

After a passionate campaign by students, staff and alumni the new Library and Student Services Centre will be called the Emily Wilding Davison Building, in honour of one of Britain’s most famous suffragettes, and Royal Holloway alumna.

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At the heart of the new building is the library space, offering fantastic resources and services, and bright areas for all types of study. The new library will be open 24/7. A new careers and recruitment hub will promote thousands of internships and graduate jobs and offer career coaching to help our students achieve success after graduation.

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The building will significantly enable our students to access the support and services they need, from enrolment through to graduation, via a central location in the Student Services Centre. Together with a shop, bank and café, the Davison Building will also offer a dedicated area for our postgraduate research students.

Our College has a rich and vibrant history and we are lucky to be the custodians of an extensive archive and unique special collections, many of which have been donated by alumni or College supporters. Our new building and its dedicated exhibition space will help make these resources
more accessible to the whole community, and provide purpose-built storage so that we can preserve them for future generations.

Founder's Square

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Founder's Square is positioned between the iconic Grade I listed Founder’s Building and our new-state-of-the-art Davison Building. It has now been pedestrianised and landscaped. It is a fantastic space for students, staff and visitors to relax, catch-up and spend time in.

When does it open?

The Emily Wilding Davison Building first opened its doors on 13 September, as planned, just before the start of the Autumn Term 2017/18. The building will be formally opened on 18 October 2017.

Who's behind the hat?  Meet the team

We created a series of videos to introduce some of the team who were responsible for the design, development and build of our new Library and Student Services Centre.

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.  She also talks about the different roles available for women in construction.

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. 



Temporary diversions affecting Harvest Road on weekend of 16-17 September

´╗┐On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September Royal Holloway students will be moving into Halls of residences in preparation for the new term. Over this weekend the university will also be welcoming the first residents of the new George Eliot Hall, located off Harvest Road.
Tuesday 12th September 2017

A30 road and pathway works from 18 July to 3 October

Work is being carried to create a safe route between Royal Holloway's new George Eliot Halls on the university's north campus and the south campus, with the installation of a new pedestrian crossing and bus shelters on the A30.
Tuesday 18th July 2017

Roadworks starting in vicinity of Royal Holloway

Roadwork information
Monday 3rd July 2017



Find out more about the building in the guide.

This time-lapse video shows you the construction of the building from October 2016 to September 2017, in super-fast time!


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