The Founder’s West Reading Room was the College library from when the College opened in 1886 until last year. Now that we have the Emily Wilding Davison Building, Bedford Library can be used for other things.
Our ambition is to develop academic office space in Bedford Library, which many of our staff will benefit from. Breakout teaching and study spaces are also being considered in the plans, providing students and staff with places to discuss, share ideas and write papers.
The repurposed Bedford Library will give us much needed extra office space on campus, easing the pressure on the McCrea Building.
We’re also looking at pre-1982 buildings, such as Queens and McCrea, to identify what improvements can be made to them.
New Music and Media Building
Recent RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) and REF (Research Excellence Framework) results have confirmed Royal Holloway’s Music and Media Arts departments as international leaders. Our undergraduate and postgraduate applications for both departments are buoyant too.
We are planning to create state-of-the-art facilities in a new shared building next to Piggery Gate, adjacent to Drama in the Boilerhouse complex and the Katharine Worth Building.
This development will support and enhance both departments’ research and teaching capabilities and reputations, and create a cultural hub for students, staff and the local community.
The new building will provide exciting new performance and screening spaces; allow the two departments to research and create teaching programmes together; and will also release much-needed space elsewhere in the College, notably in the Arts Building where, in time, provision will be made for the expansion of the newly established School of Law.