Published on May 15, 2014 | by Rebekah Thompson

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We’re on the move… somewhere in London

 If you asked for directions to the LCF from anywhere in London you could get any one of six responses; Lime Grove, John Prince’s Street, High Holborn, Golden Lane Curtain Road od Mare Street and it’s not as though they’re next door to each other, either. That’s why UAL are seriously considering a move to a combined site, to bring together all branches of the LCF and the LCC based at Elephant and Castle.

LCC is likely to move from current Elephant and Castle facilities [Aylin Elci]

Last year the fourth floor of the Tower Block at LCC was renovated into a new state of the art graphic design centre – it set the college back a pretty penny and with 13 more floors in need of a revamp, it’s no surprise that the university are thinking about a move.

The borderline decrepit yet iconic building in Elephant and Castle is worth more in real estate value than it’s 50 years of historical context; as the first printing college in London, it was formerly known as the London College of Printing and changed in 2008.

In 1989 the Tower Block was so badly flooded that students were relocated to a site in Back Hill and in 2010 the structure’s health and safety values were called into question when a downpour came straight through the roof of the 14th floor – the then Associate Dean, Les Claridge told ALN:

“Obviously when a building is as old as the Tower Block it needs more work to maintain its quality. The building is structurally sound and there is no danger of any serious issues”

John Prince's street

Moving LCF would mean leaving John Prince’s street building [LCF Press Office]

 “Work is constantly going on to improve the Tower Block but it’s a gradual process rather than an immediate refurbishment of the block.” Four years later the “gradual” element is clear and it now appears that the refurbishment may be abandoned in favour of new premises where LCC and LCF students can share facilities and integrate in one large complex.

Although the move is far from settled, rumours are already afoot about the potential new hybrid site. At the moment it is still possible the LCC will continue with its mammoth overhaul and the LCF sites will combine in a new build site in Hackney Wick. However, the two most credible scenarios are: a brand new complex at Queen Elizabeth Park; the Olympic site, where Loughborough University have already booked a space for a postgraduate research centre, or a base in the former BBC headquarters at White City.

Queen Elizabeth Park, in East London, is one of the options on the table [Will Facer]

To help you get a better idea of what this might mean for us as students we have investigated some of the aspects of the potential moves that we care most about: cost – how much will it cost you to travel now; accommodation – what halls of residence will be available; distance – how long will it take you to get there (aka how late can we sleep in after a session at Camden Locks) and what benefits are there for arts students in our potential new homes.

How to get there
 Queen Elizabeth Park – Zone 3  White City – Zone 2
Kings Cross

  • Bike: 39 mins
  • Car: 21 mins
  • Public transport: 14 mins
  • Walking: 108 mins

Euston

  • Bike: 43 mins
  • Car: 23 mins
  • Public transport: 17 mins
  • Walking: 118 mins

Victoria

  • Bike: 49 mins
  • Car: 24 mins
  • Public transport: 39 mins
  • Walking: 150 mins

Waterloo

  • Bike: 41 mins
  • Car: 20 mins
  • Public transport: 32 mins
  • Walking: 124 mins
Kings Cross

  • Bike: 41 mins
  • Car: 14 mins
  • Public transport: 30 mins
  • Walking: 93 mins

Euston

  • Bike: 34 mins
  • Car: 12 mins
  • Public transport: 30 mins
  • Walking: 94 mins

Victoria

  • Bike: 34 mins
  • Car: 14 mins
  • Public transport: 30 mins
  • Walking: 93 mins

Waterloo

  • Bike: 43 mins
  • Car: 18 mins
  • Public transport: 30 mins
  • Walking: 122 mins

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