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Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University

一本道最新高清无码Posted Monday 6 January 2020

Flagship multi-million pound Town House building opens at Kingston University Town House features a multi-floor academic library and archive alongside dance studios and a studio theatre. The flagship building also incorporates a covered internal courtyard, cafes and external balconies and walkways.Photo credit: Peter Langdown.

Kingston University's landmark Town House building has opened its doors to students, staff and the community.

Designed by this year's RIBA Gold Medal winning firm Grafton Architects, the multi-million pound building will transform the learning experience for students and act as a gateway to the University for residents and businesses at its Penrhyn Road campus. It is the first Grafton-designed building completed by the Dublin-based practice in the United Kingdom.

Featuring a multi-floor academic library and archive alongside dance studios and a studio theatre, Town House also incorporates a covered internal courtyard, cafes and external balconies and walkways culminating in a rooftop garden offering stunning views across Kingston and the River Thames. An open staircase weaves through the building creating connections between the different spaces.

The new six-storey building, built by three-time Education Constructor of the Year firm Willmott Dixon, will provide students and staff with a world-class learning and teaching environment they can be proud of, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier. "Town House is a stunning architectural achievement – an inspirational building with a variety of spaces which break down barriers and encourage creativity, shared learning and unexpected encounters," he said.

"At the start of this project we set out to create a building that gives us a real presence in the borough and that reflects the importance of our civic role within Kingston upon Thames. We wanted an inviting, welcoming environment that would allow more opportunities for collaboration between the University, local residents and businesses. We hope Town House will act as a front door and gateway for people to come and be a part of what we are delivering for the borough and wider society."

With sustainability and community access central to the University's mission, Town House is a BREEAM Excellent rated development – a leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. Its design supports and enhances the student experience, with a library that is liberating and open, allowing for informal learning, research and performance to take place organically under one roof.

Grafton Architects was selected to design the scheme from a five-strong shortlist following an international competition initiated by the University in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2013.

Professor Spier added: "I'm delighted that with Town House, everyone who visits, studies in and works at Kingston University now has access to a beautiful and inviting space in which to learn, socialise and just be."


The new library space in the landmark Town House building at Penrhyn Road.The new library space in Kingston University's landmark Town House building at Penrhyn Road. Photo credit: Peter Langdown.

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