Opening of Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

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This week saw Goldsmiths College open its new Centre for Contemporary Art to the public. A semi-derelict warren of spaces, including two huge, cast-iron water tanks, laundry and boiler room, once part of a Grade II Listed Victorian-era public baths on the College’s New Cross campus in South London, has been transformed into seven distinctive and quirky gallery areas.

Artelia’s Mike Perkins and Zoe Foster were responsible for managing costs and delivery of this unique scheme. As you can imagine, converting and re-purposing spaces not historically intended for public use and adding two new rooftop contemporary cube extensions to create a 10,760 sqft international art gallery in the heart of the College was technically complex and very challenging.  The £4.2m scheme was also high profile, given that much of the funding came from former alumni, amongst whom are famous names like Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley. The scheme was designed by Turner-prize winning architects, Assemble.