The Royal College of Art is to bid in September for 12m National Lottery funding to revamp ground floor areas and bring in facilities to help disseminate its work more widely.
Architect Su Rogers of John Miller & Partners is working on a scheme to create more space for the public galleries and to include a “secure” gallery.
The two lecture theatres will be extended from 150 and 50 seats to 300 and 100 seats respectively. “In an era of Nigel Coates and Ron Arad, queues go round the block (for lectures),” says RCA rector Christopher Frayling.
Other facilities aimed for are an audio-visual centre, a print centre and various “visual goodies”.