The new University of the Arts London Campus at King’s Cross has opened to Central Saint Martins students today, bringing together more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff to create a 21st century art school fit for the future. Stanton Williams’ design for the £200m new campus unites the college’s activities under one roof for the first time. It provides Central Saint Martins with a substantial new building, connected at its southern end to the Granary Building, at the heart of the 67 acre redevelopment of King’s Cross by developer Argent.
"It has been a privilege to work on such an ambitious scheme that will bring life back to the Granary Complex. Our design draws inspiration from the ambition and scale of its Victorian architectural setting and introduces a strong contemporary intervention that celebrates the juxtaposition of old and new in its detailing. The thought of 4,000 students inhabiting this once redundant and isolated building on a daily basis is breathtaking. Our consistent aim has really been to create a stage for transformation, a framework of spaces that can be orchestrated and transformed over time by staff and students where new interactions and interventions, chance and experimentation can create that slip-stream between disciplines. The coming together of all the schools of Central Saint Martins will open up that potential." Paul Williams