IOP shows children’s views on physics at King’s Cross site as relocation comes closer

28 April 2017

Hoardings featuring work by local schoolchildren were installed at the location of the IOP’s new London home in King’s Cross on 22 April as the demolition stage switched to the construction phase with the delivery of a crane to the site.

IOP shows children’s views on physics at King’s Cross site as relocation comes closer


Work on the building, on the corner of Caledonian Road and Balfe Street in the Knowledge Quarter, is expected to be completed in early 2018, with the Institute hoping to move in shortly after that.

The new set of display hoardings at the front of the building features quotes and artwork from pupils from Islington’s Gillespie Primary School. The IOP approached the school as part of its efforts to get to know its neighbours and introduce itself to the community that it will be part of. The Institute asked the schoolchildren to describe how they see physics, and the results included drawings of the solar system, talking computers, meteorology, rockets and atomic nuclei.

As part of the Institute’s ongoing relationship with the school, IOP Council member Professor Kevin McGuigan is due to talk to children there on 2 May about his work on solar disinfection of drinking water in developing countries.

Toby Shannon, the IOP’s public programme manager, said: “We’re really hoping that our new building will be at the heart of our new community. Through projects like our partnership with Gillespie School we’re looking forward to getting to know our neighbours better and exploring how our building can be a hub for inspiration, excitement and discussion about physics.”

IOP shows children’s views on physics at King’s Cross site as relocation comes closer

The milestone reached on 22 April brings the Institute’s move a step closer. Kate Meehan, the managing director of IOP Enterprises, who is overseeing the relocation, said: “This is really a major step in the process of relocating ourselves to King’s Cross. Now that the crane has been installed we move from the demolition phase of the project to the construction phase of our new building.

“The building will be a showcase for sustainable innovations and for highlighting the contributions of physics. The installation of the groundsource heat pumps was the beginning of that, with the exposed concrete soffits and walls as the next step.”

As well as showcasing those innovations used in the building itself, the Institute is looking to create a public space for physics there that will be somewhere for anyone with an interest in or connection to the subject. Believing that physics is an essential part of our culture that everyone can appreciate and enjoy, the IOP hopes that people living and working in the area will make as much use of the building as IOP members will.

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