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Vinci gets Battersea’s £8m Woo Building

19 Apr 13 Vinci Construction UK starts work this month on an £8.4m contract to build the Royal College of Art’s new Applied Arts building in Battersea.

The Sir Po-Shing and Lady Helen Woo Department of Applied Art – the Woo Building for short – is the third phase of the college’s Battersea Campus development for postgraduate applied arts.

The building was designed by Haworth Tompkins simultaneously with the neighbouring Dyson Building.

“The Woo Building will be a tremendous addition to the campus and will further establish Battersea as a leading arts education hub,” said Vinci regional director Sean O’Driscoll.

“It seems fitting that students focussed on design and creativity will have the chance to conduct their studies in an equally innovative building. We are delighted that the college has invited us to join them on this journey.”

The four-storey building will have a reinforced concrete frame and a ‘saw tooth’ roof.

The façade, which includes connections to the neighbouring Dyson Building, is primarily composed of a ribbed metal sinusoidal sheet system, curtain wall glazing and elements of rendered and exposed brickwork.

Completion is due in September 2014.

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