The new halls of residence were opened to students in September 2007 and are based on an almost identical design to the Gowar and Wedderburn halls which were constructed in 2004. According to the Royal Holloway website, "The development replaces three previous halls – Athlone, Cameron and the former Williamson House. The new development is the result of a Â£21 million investment in campus accommodation at its 135-acre site in Egham, Surrey."
The halls were designed by architects Stride Treglown, who were responsible for the design of Gowar and Wedderburn halls and the award-winning 400-seat lecture theatre and conference facilities, the Windsor Building. Laing OÂ’Rourke managed the construction of the development over a period of 12 months.
Surrounding the recently refurbished dining facilities and guest accommodation at Â‘The HubÂ’, the new buildings provide a Â‘student villageÂ’ atmosphere for the thriving multi-national student community at Royal Holloway.
The Princess Royal’s visit was made in her capacity as Chancellor of the University of London. Her Royal Highness has visited the College on numerous occasions in the past with her last visit in 2005 to officially open the Gowar and Wedderburn halls of residence.
At the champagne reception after the tour, Her Royal Highness quipped that she was probably one of very few people to have seen the sedum-planted roofs (having arrived by helicopter), but that she thought they "looked lovely".
To view the College’s article on the visit, click here.