Goldsmiths design student, Tom Pande, has taken some stunning images of the new Ben Pimlott Building, which demonstrate the building's unique combination of strength and beauty. Click the button to the right (News Images) to see Tom's work.
After many months of anticipation the new Ben Pimlott Building
welcomes its first intake of students in January. Staff, students
and local people have watched with interest for over a year as
a semblance of a building rose from hole in the ground, finally
reaching the seventh floor last June. Curiosity grew as, section
by section, the scaffolding was removed, revealing the dramatic
glass and steel construction.
Over the last month, the building has been a hive of activity
as the contractors put the finishing touches in place and art
studios were disassembled from the elsewhere in the College and
reassembled in the new building. On Monday 10 January, the Ben
Pimlott Building becomes working campus accommodation, as students
and staff return from the Christmas break and move in.
Goldsmiths' Studio and Exhibitions Manager, Nick Grimmer, has
been responsible for installing the studios, and making sure the
move went to plan.
As well as providing desperately needed space, the building can
claim its place as the new landmark on the New Cross skyline.
The huge metal sculpture that sits astride the fifth floor terrace
is undeniably eye-catching, and makes an amazing juxtaposition
as it rises from the rows of terraced houses on Laurie Grove and
The building’s namesake, Goldsmiths’ most recent
Warden, Professor Ben Pimlott, was a key instigator of the project.
Professor Pimlott sadly passed away in April 2004, before the
building was completed.
Comments Acting Warden, Professor Kay Stables: "This building
means a great deal to the College - although it appears to have
come to fruition quite quickly, it's been in planning for several
years. Alongside the excellent new learning and teaching facilities,
we are really excited about the opportunities this startlingly
magnificent building brings for innovative interdisciplinary research
projects. It is also a permanent tribute to Ben Pimlott who had
such vision for the College and who worked so tirelessly to bring
the building into reality."