University of Arts London Kings Cross

University of Arts London Kings Cross

A new campus at King’s Cross that brings together more than 4,000 Central Saint Martins students and 1,000 staff has opened its doors for the first time.

Based in the Grade II listed Granary Building, the £200m University campus is at the heart of the 67 acre redevelopment of King’s Cross, which has a brand new London postcode – N1C.

Read Rector Nigel Carrington’s views on the campus in his blog.

The new campus will house CSM’s existing Schools of Art, Fashion & Textiles and Graphic & Industrial Design, plus a newly created School of Performing Arts underpinned by a 350 seat public theatre, studios and rehearsal spaces.

Other facilities include four levels of multi-purpose workshops, specialist studios and lecture theatres, gallery and exhibition space. Social spaces and student facilities, such as a library with extended opening hours, will be open to all students across the University. Tours for non-CSM students and staff will be announced shortly – keep watching My Arts for details.

Nigel says:

“Being part of the regeneration of King’s Cross right from the beginning perfectly reflects the ethos of our University. We aren’t about giving an extra gloss to what’s already established; we help to mould and focus the best emerging creative talent. It will be exciting to see this new campus develop its personality symbiotically with the surrounding community. It’s going to be unlike any of our other buildings and we expect it to develop into a hub for staff and students across the University.”

Jane Rapley, Head of CSM, adds:

“For more than 150 years Central Saint Martins has pioneered radical innovations in art and design teaching and learning. Its influence feeds into the arts educational system, culture, industry and mainstream society and contributes to the high international value placed on British culture and creativity.

“Our new building allows us to create the highest quality learning environment – a place connected to the most advanced developments in contemporary culture and industry – a place where students and staff will continue to provoke, challenge, inspire and take risks.”