Town House will create major new entrance for university


  • Major part of university estate investment
  • New centrepeice for university
  • Designed by RIBA award winning Grafton Architects
  • BREEAM Excellent that offers a vibrant new face to the 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It replaces an outdated, temporary building with a new environmentally sustainable BREEAM Excellent high quality design that offers a vibrant new face to the University and a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 Thames.


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 develop."

University leader

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.

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