Town House will create major new entrance for university
Our presence enhancing UK universities to make them world
leaders is underlined with the £41m contract to build Kingston University's
landmark Town House building.
The Town House will be a key feature of the University's
Penrhyn Road campus and will transform the learning environment.
It will act as the University's front door, providing
information and assistance, showcasing achievements and supporting
collaborations with industry and the arts. It will include a learning resources
centre with library, a covered courtyard designed for events, innovative
learning and local civic engagement opportunities, plus specialist space
providing flexible learning areas for academic dance courses.
The project includes:
- modern learning resources centre over several floors
- 300-seat multi-media auditorium
- rehearsal and performance space for the University's dance
courses and three new public landscaped areas
Designed by RIBA award winning Grafton Architects, the Town House will be ready in 2019.
Masterplan of Town House
It replaces an outdated, temporary building with a new
environmentally sustainable BREEAM Excellent high quality design that offers a
vibrant new face to the University and a welcoming gateway to Kingston upon
The landmark will also transform the learning
experience and bring together the university and the local community, with a
welcoming and attractive new landscaping scheme across the front of the campus.
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier:
"The Town House will be transformational – a place in
which students, staff and local people alike will be able to learn and
We have a long track-record of enhancing university estates,
using our knowledge of live-environment working to minimise disruption. Other
developments include creating a ‘living-green wall’ for Teesside University,
building and extending Birmingham City University’s Curzon building, creating
Bournemouth University’s new flagship ‘Fusion’ building and Leicester
University’s Passivhaus certified Centre for Medicine.
We recently were appointed to build an annexe to the
Schuster Building for the University of Manchester which is home to the School
of Physics and Astronomy and have just completed an upgrade to the University
of Derby’s STEM building and new campus in Scarborough for Coventry University.