The regeneration of UAL’s Camberwell College of Arts campus reached a milestone this week as a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held to mark the development reaching its highest point.


L-R: Managing Director of developer Hollybrook Justin Elcombe, UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington and Leader of Southwark Council Peter John OBE attended the ceremony

The ceremony was held on the roof of the new student accommodation block, which will provide halls for 264 students, and was attended by UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington, Leader of Southwark Council Peter John OBE and Managing Director of developer Hollybrook Justin Elcombe (pictured above) amongst other guests.

In June 2015, UAL announced a major investment of over £62million into the regeneration of its Camberwell College of Arts and its adjoining land. This is the first major work on the College for a generation, and will enlarge the existing 1969 building creating a new academic extension which will house a 262-seater lecture theatre, studios and library.

The expansion of the current site sees brand new UAL student accommodation being built to further enhance the campus feel. There will also be major alterations to the front façade of the College’s entrance and reception on Peckham Road, making the 1969 building fully accessible, as well as providing a new gallery and courtyard area.

Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice Chancellor, commented: “We believe that new state-of-the-art facilities for staff and students at Camberwell means the College will play a key role in the ‘Camberwell Corridor’ – a group of organisations growing, developing and collaborating to catalyse the area’s arts-led regeneration.”

The project, designed by RIBA award-winning Stephen Marshall Architects, will be completed for the start of the 2017/18 academic year.

Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “I’m delighted to see UAL’s Camberwell College of Arts expanding, bolstering the further education offer to Southwark’s young people, and helping to create a vibrant cultural quarter in the heart of Southwark. The University and Council share a vision to make Southwark the best place for culture and arts in the country, helping to bring jobs and opportunities to our residents, and we look forward to welcoming hundreds of new students to Camberwell when the new accommodation is complete.”

Camberwell College of Arts, one of UAL’s six world-renowned Colleges, attracts students from all over the world who go onto become some of the leading artists of their generation. Illustrious alumni of the College include painters Howard Hodgkin, Terry Frost, Maggi Hambling and Gillian Ayres; filmmaker Mike Leigh and musicians Florence Welch and Syd Barrett.