Plans released today by College have announced that the Queen's Tower, one of the last remaining pieces of Victorian architecture around College, will be re-clad in blue glass. The plan, which has received planning permission from the City of Westminster, and from English Heritage, is due to begin over the Summer, with an expected completion date of Summer 2009.
The process involves building a steel scaffolding support around the tower, which will then have panes of blue glass attached. A college press release stated: "We hope that these proposals will show that Imperial College is keen to move into the twenty first century, whilst still respecting our one hundred and one years of history. Victorian architecture has no place in a modern scientific research establishment, and this development will show Imperials intent to look to the future."
The results of glass re-cladding can be seen already around the college, in places such as the Bessemer Building, and parts of Tanaka Business School.