17 Kings Hill Avenue

Richard Partington Architects, Kent, 2000


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Exterior of ofice building 

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  • Exterior of ofice building    
  • One of the gable ends which embrace the approach to the doors - the design reflects the local vernacular - evident, at this scale, in oast houses and barns    
  • Approach to office building    
  • The building is partly screened by generous planting including some mature trees    
  • The building in context    
  • Internal circulation    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    
  • Detail section through ground floor and window    
  • Detail of facde    

A two-storey office building with self-supporting brick walls, situated in a business park in Kent

Seen from the roadway, 17 Kings Hill Avenue has a clear and distinctive form and a visible front entrance. The design responds to the developer's request for a building that reflects the local vernacular - evident, at this scale, in barns and oast houses with their massive roofs and brick and weather boarded walls.

Four tenancies are possible on each floor and each wing is 15m wide, with natural cross ventilation through top-hung windows with high level vents for use in winter.

The main structure is an in-situ reinforced concrete frame supported on mass concrete pad foundations. The structure has a timber truss roof and Sussex Findon Yellow stock bricks have been chosen for the facade. The roof is natural slate (from Canada), the timber boarding is western red cedar and the windows are powder-coated high-performance aluminium units.


  • Begun: Sep 1999
  • Completed: Aug 2000
  • Floor area: 3,685m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £2.8M
  • Tender date: Sep 1999
  • Procurement: Two-stage JCT 98
  • Address: 17 Kings Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4RL, United Kingdom

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