Richmond Upon Thames College

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Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus is a 20,000sqm development featuring a new, state-of-the-art further education college, as well as a new free school, a special educational needs (SEN) school and a Technology Hub run by Haymarket Publishing. The regeneration of the existing site at Richmond-upon-Thames College will deliver an integrated, innovative education campus that brings together the best of industry with the best of teaching and learning.

The first phase of building will make a strong, contemporary statement befitting its landmark position on an important gateway into London. It will deliver a variety of core curriculum spaces for business, creative and lifestyle disciplines, including e-enabled spaces for business incubation, innovation and collaboration with local businesses.

Our design proposals reflect the College’s vision for a high quality, contemporary and professional college; the central atrium design provides open, flexible and transparent learning environments to promote inclusivity and encourage collaboration and information exchange. The atrium contains a variety of flexible activity spaces that encourage self-directed and group learning styles, which in turn stimulate learner motivation and improve student performance.

The second phase, a ‘hands-on’ STEM centre, will be available to 3,000 full-time students, providing digital technology, science, engineering and construction labs in addition to a dedicated sporting and fitness suite. Phased demolition of the existing college has begun on site to make way for the development. Our ‘decant and phasing’ strategy ensures the College remains open for business with minimal disruption to teachers and students throughout construction.

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United Kingdom


Richmond Upon Thames College


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Our demolition strategy will ensure the College remains open

20,000sqm of accomodation for 3,000 full-time students and up to 500 evening students

Partnerships with commercial partners providing industry standard teaching and opportunity to work with professionals

'Atrium' design to encourage interaction and maximise cross-discipline collaboration




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Claire Wakelin
Associate director - design

Euston Tower
286 Euston Road
Tel: +44 20 7121 2380
Mob: +44 7931 48 4835


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