Our campus redevelopment
Our plans to create a national centre of excellence for children on Coram’s historic campus are fast becoming reality.
Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, dedicated to children and named in her honour, on 5 December at Coram's central London campus.
The Queen Elizabeth II Centre is dedicated to the promotion of children’s rights and best practice and the opening coincides with celebrations for the 350th anniversary of Thomas Coram's birth.
The new centre will help Coram and its network of partners transform the lives of children and complete phase three of the regeneration of its campus in central London.
The Queen Elizabeth II Centre was made possible by generous donations from a number of supporters led by The Queen’s Trust and ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation.
The Queen Elizabeth II Centre encompasses:
- Coram’s Children’s Rights Centre, integrating legal advice and information, legal representation, outreach and advocacy across education, immigration, community care and family law, securing access to justice for children and building civil society capacity to use legal means to fight for children.
- The Rangoonwala Conference and Learning Centre, supporting improved delivery of services seeking to drive systemic change and building capacity for the future through training, development and debate.
- The Co-Production Unit, championing children’s voices in decisions that matter to them and co-producing solutions for the future, putting children at the heart of the debate and development.
The new national centre will bring us closer to the vision set out in the Charter for Children, which was published as part of our 275th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
Our phased regeneration
The second phase of our redevelopment plan saw the opening of the Pears Pavilion, now our home for adoption support and Creative Therapies. Named after its lead donor, the Pears Foundation, the purpose-built centre provides a safe place where vulnerable children can receive adoption support and express difficult emotions and feelings through art and music.The building was made possible with the generous support of Tokens of Love Gala Dinner 2013 and 2014, United Children of the World Charitable Trust, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Clothworkers' Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, Landaid Charitable Trust, the Fawcett family, Peter Brown and Romey Brown OBE.
In the first phase, we launched a new Education Centre.This now forms Coram’s ‘front door’ and offers powerful learning experiences including Coram Life Education to thousands of local children. Educators will also be trained here to help children nationwide make healthier choices in life. We are immensely grateful to Bear Necessities – Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2011, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the United Children of the World Charitable Trust, the Tokens of Love Gala Dinner committees, the Beatrice Laing Trust, the Fawcett Family, the Worshipful Company of Paviors, CHK Charities Limited, and many others for making phase one possible.
In 2016, a site-specific installation by Dr Ken Wilder, a Reader in Spatial Design at the Chelsea College of Art, celebrated the historic mortuary on the Coram Campus prior to the construction of The Queen Elizabeth II Centre. See the video below for more.
(the above link takes you to our dedicated adoption site)