New Town House Building, Kingston University
Following an invited competition, Kingston University selected a team led by Grafton Architects together with AKT II and BDSP to deliver a new student building on their Penrhyn Road campus.
The building has a diverse range of uses and will act as main reception and showcase for the learning activities of KU’s five faculties – which are accommodated across the University’s estate – whilst providing learning services, resources and innovative project spaces for all KU students and staff. In addition to this, the building will perform an essential role in extending a warm welcome to both the local community and visitors from further afield.
In a world where learning can increasingly take place anytime and anywhere, the university building will provide place-specific, ‘here and now’ learning experiences. The building will play a key role in everyday university life, offering a lively programme of planned and opportunistic learning events throughout the year to complement core academic programmes across all subject areas served by the university.
The building has a visual grade concrete precast frame with an integrated activated slab system. All building components and systems will be expected to support sustainability, as will procurement, construction methods and specifications. All significant fixtures will be of durable construction and capable of repair, dismantling and reuse where relevant. The physical well-being of users will be promoted by ensuring ample natural light and excellent air quality.
The building will also provide easy access to outside spaces and encourage physical activity (e.g. using stairs rather than lifts); drinking water will be available throughout the building, with showers provided for cyclists and joggers, and emphasis placed on healthy and sustainable catering.
The building will achieve a BREEAM rating of at least Excellent, with an aspiration for Outstanding.
High-quality concrete framed student hub as part of Kingston University's expanding campus
£ 24 million