Kingston Business School

Hawkins\Brown, Kingston-Upon-Thames, 2012

 

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Business school located within Kingston University's, Kingston Hill Campus

Located between protected woodland to the north and Coombe Park to the south the business school occupies a space within a conservation area.

Set into a steep slope the five storey building has a main entrance on the ground floor with two further points of entry at first floor level on the east and west sides, and a third entrance at second floor level, connecting the building to the neighbouring canteen facilitates.

The building is based around a simple square form with a large central lightwell allowing daylight to enter deep into the interior spaces and provide natural ventilation. Pre-cast, polished, concrete beams and large glazing panels enclose the central space above first floor level.

On the ground floor large lecture theatres and teaching studios are arranged around the central communal space. And on the upper floors smaller teaching spaces, staff offices and research rooms are organised around the perimeter of the building, with circulation concentrated around and interior façade.

The building's outer facade comprises of four brick elevations with floor-to-ceiling windows, bronzed anodized panels and a fibre cement-cladding on the top floor and canopy.

The monolithic brick building has a sedum roof and the lower enclosed floors are cooled using a ground source heat pump.

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  • Begun: Jan 2010
  • Completed: Mar 2012
  • Floor area: 7,290m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £17M
  • Procurement: JCT Design and Build
  • Address: Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT2 7LB, United Kingdom

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