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August 23, 2015

Willmott Dixon wins £20m construction contract for Kingston University campus in London

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By Shreosree Banerjee

UK-based construction firm Willmott Dixon has won a £20m deal to develop a sustainable building for Kingston University in south-west London.

The project will replace an existing building at the Penrhyn Road campus, which will be demolished for the 120,000ft2 development.

Designs for the new-build, prepared by Grafton Architects, include construction of open colonnades along two of the building’s elevations. These are planned to stand at varying heights ranging up to six-storeys, reports Construction Enquirer.

"There is clearly a collective vision at Kingston University for a refreshingly open and innovative learning environment."

The new facility is expected to cost a total of £55m. Grafton Architects was selected for the project in January last year through a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition.

Grafton director Shelley McNamara said at the time: "There is clearly a collective vision at Kingston University for a refreshingly open and innovative learning environment, as well as for how the architecture of the new building will house and represent this vision."

Once developed, it has been claimed to be ‘the largest, most prestigious and most sustainable building’ that Kingston University has built to date.

The campus development will include a library with a permanent space dedicated to collections and a special archive, dance studios and a 300-seat auditorium. A café, the main campus reception and information desk have been planned as parts of the ground level.

Willmott Dixon is likely to start construction on the site in early 2016, with completion due within 2018.

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