Festival-goers in King’s Cross hear about plan for IOP’s new home

10 September 2014

Physics buskers from the IOP took part in a street festival next to the site of the Institute’s new building in King’s Cross on 7 September.

Festival-goers in King’s Cross hear about plan for IOP’s new home

The event, the Cally Road Festival, is held annually on Caledonian Road, where the IOP has bought a freehold property for which it has just submitted a planning application for refurbishment.

A team led by IOP outreach officer Henry Lau, with three other IOP staff members and three volunteers, ran a Physics in the Field stall at the festival, engaging the public with physics tricks and introducing the IOP as a new neighbour that is due to move its London headquarters to the area once work on the building is complete.

Lau said: “The day was busy, helped by the last of the summer sunshine, and we saw an estimated 400 people.

“A lot of people asked us what we were doing and we explained that the IOP was moving in at the end of the road. Many people were pleased to hear that we were taking over a disowned building and turning it into something that the public could visit, and we had many requests to come out and visit schools.”

  • For details about the IOP’s planning application to the London Borough of Islington, read more here.