Westminster Kingsway College’s - King’s Cross Centre, London

Bond Bryan
Date Built
Opened 2009
Regent Place
This building sits on the corner of Grey’s Inn Road and Sidmouth Street in Camden.  The site is within a residential conservation area and adjacent to St. George’s Gardens, a Grade II* listed ancient cemetery.  The building’s architect Bond Bryan say of it that, “The new college facility rises to five storeys, stepping down across the site to four storeys to address the lower residential development of Greyland Court.  (It) is formed in three district blocks of accommodation with two atrium spaces between.  The ground floor is largely open-plan flowing into the atrium spaces between the blocks of accommodation.”

An article on the World Architecture News website dated June 30, 2009, announced the official opening of the building.  It quoted Andy Wilson, Principal of Westminster Kingsway College, saying that,  “We had a once in a lifetime opportunity to create, from a blank piece of paper, the college we had always wanted to teach in, a building that acts as a magnet and draws people in from the outside, inviting them to be part of the learning experience we provide. The courses we offer are designed to meet our students’ highest aspirations for progression to Higher Education and careers in key sectors of the London economy. We are proud we can also now provide a brand-new Further Education facility which matches these aspirations.”  The article goes on to quote Bruce Raw, Bond Bryan Associate Director, who said that,  “One of our main challenges was to create an exciting learning environment that would motivate and inspire students without conflicting with the predominantly Victorian surroundings. We have achieved this, while also meeting important environmental targets such as generating 10% of the buildings energy requirements on-site, maximising the use of natural light and using renewable materials.”