In February 2018 we announced that the next phase of the planned refurbishment work at Westminster Bridge Road was underway. This was the stage where we had to close our main reception to give our contractors full access to the area and continue their work safely.
We are now pleased to confirm the new front entrance and courtyard at the Waterloo Centre is open and fully accessible. Earlier this month we unveiled the Holst Sculpture by Molly Okell which forms the centrepiece of the new Westminster Bridge Road front entrance. The next phase of Morley’s Westminster makeover commences in the autumn, as a £1m renovation of the Morley Gallery gets underway.
The completion of a step-free front entrance and installation of the fifth plinth represents a significant milestone in the first phase of works to transform Morley’s Waterloo site, which has also included remodelling of the main reception featuring a showcase window of creative output and brand-new state-of-the-art Morley Radio studios. Work has commenced on renovating the Morley Gallery, involving a significant expansion of exhibition space and access improvements to create a world-class space for showcasing students’ work, the Morley permanent collection, and visiting exhibitions – this will complete first phase of the Morley Forward renovation project.
In the coming months, phase 2 of Morley Forward, which seeks funding to transform the performance spaces that lie at the heart of the College will begin. 50% of the £6m required has been identified so far and 2 virtual events showcasing the works involved in phase 2 will be happening in October.