Princes Gardens, Imperial College London

The new–build Halls of Residence and Study Facilities for Imperial College London at Prince’s Gardens were undertaken by KPF under the direction of design partner Fred Pilbrow, restoring Prince’s Gardens. The solution demonstrated that more rooms, and to a higher standard, could be provided in a building whose architecture and massing would heal this important public space. This is a project of KPF Architecture.

Date
2004

Construction Cost
£ 90 million

Client
Imperial College London

Location
White City, London

Gross Floor Area
31 500 m2

Status
Built

The project, completed in 2009, is now regarded as one of the most important restoration schemes of an historic London Square since World War II. Traditional materials for the facades and contemporary detailing harmonise with the character of the historic surroundings.

The new facilities with active ground floor frontages, public terraces, and tightly controlled vehicular access activate the square and established a focal point for student life. The garden was restored to its original conception.