Morley College London has ambitious plans to upgrade each of our main teaching centres to provide contemporary, fully accessible facilities for all life-long learning students.
A complete remodelling of the North Kensington Centre is fully funded and commencing in the summer of 2021 with works scheduled to complete by December 2022?
Future plans include a fundraising campaign to upgrade the popular crèche at the North Kensington Centre.
Relaunched as the Chelsea Centre for the Creative Industries in 2021, there are exciting plans to remodel parts of the College, including the main entrance foyer to be more receptive and welcoming to all visitors. Further details to follow.
Waterloo: Morley Forward
September 2019 saw the launch of Morley Forward, the most ambitious appeal in Morley’s history. Morley Forward will invest a total of £18M over four phases of works to renovate the Waterloo centre into a fully accessible and contemporary college for life-long learning.
With the first phase of works fully funded and now almost completed, the new fully accessible main entrance is transforming the experience of arriving at the Waterloo Centre for everyone. The grand reopening of the Art Gallery following extensive refurbishment works completes this first phase of works in September 2021.
The second phase of works progresses the fully accessible route from the main entrance and new reception through to the heart of the college, with the creation of a two-storey access spine. As well as creating a level access core to make all the myriad levels of the college fully accessible, the works will also create full access to the Emma Cons Hall, the main performance space of the college, transforming it with a complete refurbishment and upgrading all technical facilities.
The campaign to raise the £6M needed to deliver this second phase of works was launched with the help of our campaign patron Joanna Lumley in September 2019, and quickly built momentum, attracting a major pledge of support from the Garfield Weston Foundation and two major legacy gifts within six months. Together with the ongoing support of the GLA and the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund, half of the target was identified by early March 2020 when lockdown effectively paused the campaign.
Determined to continue and to rebuild momentum, the campaign was ‘rebooted’ in October 2020 with two virtual events. The first showcased the completed phase one works
While the second looked ahead with a VR fly-through of the new access route and a panel discussion to highlight the major benefits to the whole college of the planned works.
As we rebuild momentum for the campaign now in 2021, further details of how the phase two works will be delivered will be posted here.