NCH is creating a brand new 21st century campus in the heart of London
Last week we hosted updates on Devon House. Over 120 students and staff attended the online presentations and were able to take a first peek at the plans for our stunning new campus.
The campus accommodation stretches over 39,000 square feet across the ground and first floor of Devon House in St Katharine Docks. The campus will have an impressive private street entrance and welcome area.
At nearly seven times the size of 19 Bedford Square, Devon House will offer substantially increased teaching spaces with 14 classrooms, 7 tutorial rooms, and seminar space, providing flexible capacity for class sizes from 18 to 80. A first floor open event area will accommodate up to 180, and a ground floor open event space seats up to 70. The innovative and modifiable space will be able to serve up to 1,400 students and staff, with a capacity of up to 715 at one time. Devon House will be the focal point for our stimulating and diverse international community, with NCH and Northeastern University students sharing facilities. The campus will be extremely welcoming to all, with excellent accessibility and support, including lifts, wide entry points, adaptable furniture, and hearing loops.
All the spaces in Devon House are light and bright with impressive sightlines giving amazing views of the River Thames and Tower Bridge. Students will be able to enjoy comfortable social areas, refreshment points, and personal study spaces with a fresh, modern and vibrant atmosphere. The campus will house a collection of academic subject books, and next academic year students will continue to enjoy membership of Senate House Library. NCH students also have full access to Northeastern University’s online library whose resources include over 800,000 e-books and over 100,000 electronic journals. The College is also working to build new relationships with notable libraries in the area surrounding St Katharine Docks.
For those who are keen on fitness there is a wide choice of resources in the local area, including yoga, exercise and boxing studios, and gyms. Cyclists will appreciate the plentiful secure parking for over 100 bicycles and proximity to “Boris bike” stations. There are storage lockers and well-appointed shower facilities on campus for cyclists, walkers and runners.
St Katharine Docks will provide a spectacular venue for future graduation ceremonies and events, although plans for this year’s graduation are yet to be finalised. The new campus is part of a dynamic waterside community and is surrounded by dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, and a leisure marina. There are plenty of options for buying food and beverages within student budgets, including a local Tesco Express and a Co-op supermarket, with the Co-op offering students a 10% discount on all purchases.
In preparation for the move to our new campus, we have selected some new accommodation options for students. NCH accommodation partners offer a range of room options to reflect all budgets. All our recommended halls are within a reasonable commute from the College, in fact you can walk to our Devon House campus from Drapery Plaza and Urbanest Tower Bridge.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors are busy working on site and the project is on track to be completed for the new academic year. Branding and imagery development is ongoing and the College will keep everyone up to date as progress is made.
We look forward to sharing more exciting news about our new campus as the project progresses.