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Somerset House East Wing

Alumni have welcomed the historic announcement that King’s is to acquire the East Wing of Somerset House, one of London’s most beautiful and iconic buildings.

Well known graduates of the College who have voiced their support for the acquisition include Sir Robin Auld QC PC, Lord Justice of Appeal in the English Court of Appeal; Lord Carlile of Berriew QC; political satirist and impressionist Rory Bremner; novelist Susan Hill; and PhD Law student and Olympic triple silver medallist Katherine Grainger.

The agreement means that our School of Law will have the new home it deserves and there will be space for the College to realise its ambitions to become a hub for research and teaching in the arts and creative industries, and a centre for research and analysis of pressing national and international issues.

View of Somerset House East Wing from the Strand quadThe World’s longest property negotiation?

The signing of the 78 year lease sees the conclusion to what has been described as one of the world’s longest-ever property negotiations. Since the College was built next to Somerset House in 1829 it has been in various discussions to expand into one of the wings of Somerset House itself. Now, some 180 years later, this will finally become a reality as the East Wing, which was previously occupied by the Inland Revenue, is developed.

Over the next two years the East Wing will be restored to its original status as a landmark London public building, refurbished to the highest standards with its architectural harmony enhanced and public access improved. To raise money for the renovation and the various projects to be housed in the East Wing, the College will launch a £20 million fundraising campaign.

Read the full press release.

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