Willmott Dixon to build Kingston University's Town House building


UK-based company Willmott Dixon has received a contract to construct Kingston University's Town House building.

Willmott Dixon's managing director Roger Forsdyke said: “We are delighted to be working with Kingston University to realise this fantastic first phase of its transformation programme.

“Being based in the area, it is a fantastic opportunity to use our skills to help Kingston University achieve its plan for growth and development as a leading UK university.”

The new Town House will replace the existing building, featuring an environmentally sustainable Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) good quality design and will be based on the RIBA award winning Grafton Architects.

"The Town House will be transformational; a place in which students, staff, and local people alike will be able to learn and develop."

The university's acting vice-chancellor Professor Steven Spier said: "The Town House will be transformational; a place in which students, staff, and local people alike will be able to learn and develop."

The complex will feature three terraces arranged in cascades, which will contain hanging gardens. The entire façade will be built as a three-dimensional matrix with one singular complex space to allow public interaction.

The new building will form an integral part of the University's Penrhyn Road campus, which will showcase achievements, provide assistance, and support collaborations with industry and the arts. It will feature a learning resources centre with a library, an enclosed courtyard to stage events, and other learning and local civic engagement opportunities, as well as space dedicated to provide flexible learning areas for academic dance courses.

Work at the new Town House building will be undertaken by the company’s local Cobham team.


Image: A university campus. Photo: © Willmott Dixon.