Kingston University London - Town House

  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Ed Reeve
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Ed Reeve

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Kingston-upon-Thames

Information about this scheme

Imagine a place where reading, dance, performance, lectures, exhibitions, research, learning, happily co-exist, under one roof, and the door is open to everyone - this is the new Town House in Kingston. The juxtaposition of contemplative and active performative activities offers an imaginative approach to education as a process of engagement and discovery. Colonnades form welcoming meeting spaces at edges, with interlocking volumes moving vertically, connecting the building from ground to top. Activities are revealed to the passer by, connecting with the community and the town, making an open welcoming supportive environment for students and visitors. Kingston Town House is an open-ended spatial framework offering both generosity and flexibility in allowing the culture of this building to grow and change. Well detailed, high quality internal materials, soften the appearance and give a warmth to interior spaces. Whilst the public foreground of the building forms one of a series of new public spaces and revitalised landscapes which stretch along the full length of the University frontage following the classical tradition of the “portico”. External terraces, walkways and balconies elevated above the street, animate the façade and display the vibrant life of the university to the outside world. While the building feels permeable and transparent, environmental control is achieved through the use of ‘colonnade’ and ‘ambulatory’ elements with the building achieving a rating of BREEAM Excellent. Town House is an important new building for Kingston University and Kingston itself and a great civic contribution in the truest sense, of sitting within the environment and being completely accessible to Kingston residents. It definitely establishes a new quality and confidence to the street and as a new landmark in Kingston and community facility where the local community get to participate in university led events.

Credits

Applicant

Grafton Architects

Architect

Grafton Architects

Client

Kingston University London

Landscape Architect

Dermot Foley Landscape Architects

Main Contractor

Willmott Dixon Construction

Structural Engineer

AKTII

Services Engineer

ChapmanBDSP

Project Manager

Turner & Townsend

Quantity Surveyor

Turner & Townsend

Access Consultant

MSA

Acoustic Consultant

Applied Acoustic Design

Archaeologist

MOLA

Transport Consultant

Steer

Wayfinding Consultant

Steer

Catering Consultant

Keith Winton Design

BREEAM

ChapmanBDSP

Environmental Designer

ChapmanBDSP

Theatre Consultant

Sound Space Vision

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education