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Demolition clears the way for top class accommodation for Imperial students

18 October 2005
By Alexandra Platt

Almost 42 years to the day since the building was opened, guests gathered in the first week of term to witness Sir Richard Sykes, Imperial College London's Rector, begin the demolition of the Southside halls of residence.

Sir Richard Sykes starts the demolition

The new halls are scheduled to open in October 2007. Two new buildings, designed by internationally renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will provide six halls of residence with a mix of accommodation types, catering for different student needs and budgets.

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The Rector donned a hard hat to climb aboard a Bobcat drilling machine to officially commence the demolition.

Artist's impression of the finished project

He said: "Not only is this a chance to offer top quality residential accommodation for our students, but also to redevelop one of Londons beautiful squares. The College is privileged to take up this unique and amazing opportunity".

Guests included representatives from the Residents Liaison Group, Sameena Misbahuddin, Imperial College Union president, Jackie Cooke from Cantillon, the demolition contractor, and David Brooks Wilson, director of estates.

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