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Frequently asked questions about campus development

Campus development FAQs

What is the campus development plan?

The campus development plan sets out the University's aspirational long term plans, over the next ten years, to create a world class Civic University at the heart of Kingston, which will enhance the experience for students, staff, visitors and the wider community, and integrate seamlessly with the rest of the borough.  

Why is the work being undertaken?

We are committed to investing in facilities which provide innovative and flexible space, designed to develop student potential and deliver new and collaborative ways of learning, teaching and working.   Increasing our status as a distinctive University recognised internationally for excellence and academic success.  Our plan is designed to meet the University's immediate needs while providing a framework for the future, improving the campus environment with stunning new contemporary spaces.

What is being planned?

A range of improvements are being considered across the Kingston estate and portfolio of buildings, in line with the University's academic objectives and strategy for the future.  Some of the plans are in consideration at this point and options being discussed.  Full details will be disclosed internally and on the Kingston University website once plans are confirmed.  Read below for further information.  

Why is this work so important to the local borough of Kingston upon Thames?

Our role in the wider Kingston community is vitally important.  A report published by BiGGAR Economics shows that Kingston University contributes more than £2.5 million to the national economy every day.  We make a substantial local economic contribution with an annual Gross Added Value of £221.1 million (the measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area).  We're also one of Kingston's major employers, providing 3,800* jobs.   Our vision for Kingston University will continue to be delivered by engaging, not only with students and staff, but also residents and the local community.  We aim to be considerate neighbours, engaging with local residents and bringing benefits to the local community.

What about the environmental impact of the campus development work?

We're committed to environmental excellence and will uphold those principles during estate development by:

  • Minimising environmental impact through enhanced energy efficiency
  • Integrating sustainable initiatives as part of our estate plans
  • Designing spaces which protect and enhance our local biodiversity, providing access to wildlife and green space
  • Delivering our estate improvements in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way possible

How will the development improve facilities for students?

The University continues to invest in the development across each campus to ensure it offers the best possible learning and teaching environment for students and staff.  Our aim is to ensure the campus offers a modern, fit-for-purpose, digitally enabled environment that benefits students, both now and in the future.  

When will work finish?

Each individual project has its own timeline for construction.  You can find out about some of our current projects on our website.  

With the current work planned across the estate, does that mean that students will be studying in a construction site?

Construction works will be undertaken with a view to minimising disruption within sectioned areas of the campus.  Work will be contained behind hoardings to keep disruption to a minimum.  

How will students be affected by the building works?

Programmes of work are scheduled around the academic calendar to minimise disruption, for example, no noisy works will be carried out during the examination periods.  We are also committed to ensuring adequate pedestrian routes are provided and will provide warning of any major works which may impact users of the campus.  

How are current students affected by all of the building works? 

All of our construction projects are planned to ensure minimal impact on the rest of the University.  Programmes of works are scheduled around the academic calendar to minimise disruption, for example, no noisy works are carried out during the examinations periods.  We will also ensure alternative pedestrian routes are provided and give advance warning of any major works which may impact users of the campus.  

Will the work affect my studies?

Work will be planned to have as little impact on the day-to-day activities of the campus as possible. Smaller projects will be scheduled to take place during off-peak times, such as outside of academic terms, but larger, more complex projects may continue during term time.   Construction teams will be required to be as considerate of campus users and our neighbours as possible, however, this will be a delicate balance between getting the work finished so that students and staff can use the new facilities and ensuring normal, day-to-day activities can continue.  

Has there been stakeholder consultation for the projects?

Yes, after extensive consultation, we've used stakeholder feedback to inform our project designs. Full consultation information is available on request.  

Where can I find the consultation information and planning application?

Details of planning applications can be found on Kingston Council's website.

Sports Hall FAQs

A new, multi-use sports building will be built at the Kingston Hill campus, improving the indoor sports facilities at the University. It will replace Car Park A at the top of the campus with a high-quality, sustainable and well-designed building. Planning approval was received in July 2016.

Sports Hall: rationale

Why are you building this Sports Hall?

At present the University has a lack of indoor sports facilities and University sports clubs and associations are required to hire external facilities, where available.  This limits recreational sporting opportunities for Kingston University students compared to other universities.

When is construction planned to start and finish?

2017.

Sports Hall: facilities

What kind of sports can be played there?

The building will offer a multi-use space suitable for a number of different sporting activities including:

  • Badminton (four courts)
  • Basketball
  • Five a side football
  • Futsal
  • Taekwondo/Jujitsu
  • Netball
  • Volleyball
  • Club circuit
  • Fencing
  • Cheerleading
  • Capoeira (Brazilian martial art)
  • Sports science
  • Table tennis
  • Trampolining

There will also be ancillary facilities including: changing facilities, accessible toilets and showers, a reception/office/medical room and equipment storage.

Is there an indoor swimming pool?

The building does not include a swimming pool.

Sports Hall: site and location

Where is it to be sited?

The Sports Hall will be built on Car Park A on the Kingston Hill campus.   The site has been carefully considered as it is relatively well screened by vegetation and is less sensitive in terms of ecology and tree impact.

How far back is this building from Kingston Road?

26 meters.

Will there be an increase in traffic?

The new Sports Hall will be built on an existing car park and traffic routes won't be affected.

How much consideration has been given to the site?

Given the site's location within Kingston Hill's conservation area, and the fact that the woodland is identified as an area of nature conservation importance, great care has been taken when considering the positioning and design of the building. No trees will be removed or disturbed during the construction and additional soft landscaping will be provided, including tree planting and a green wall created by a cable trellis system. Malden and Coombe Conservation Area Advisory Committee said that the proposal would have a 'positive impact upon the conservation area'.

Sports Hall: parking

What about parking?

There will be a reduction of on-site parking of 73 spaces, leaving 796 on-site parking spaces across seven other car parks at the Kingston Hill campus.  A car park survey has indicated that the loss of Car Park A will not adversely impact on car parking on campus.

The Sports Hall plans includes three  disabled parking spaces and one parking space with charging facilities for electric vehicles.

Sports Hall: building and sustainability

What will be the size of the new Sports Hall?

Internal dimensions of the Sports Hall will be approx. 33.8m x 18m. The height of the parapet from Floor level will be circa 10 metres.

How has sustainability been incorporated into the plans?

The University is committed to minimising the impact of new build on the environment. The new building will be constructed of sustainable materials and will incorporate energy efficient measures.

  • Our aim is to meet BREEAM Excellent standards.
  • Proposed materials will be predominantly from recycled and reuseable materials.
  • Solar thermal panels will provide hot water for the shower facilities.
  • Existing tarmac paving will be replaced with new football made of recyclable materials.

What will the building be made of?

The building will be finished with sustainable rockpanel boards providing a durable façade. A cable trellis system on the west elevation will allow climbing plants to grow naturally and soften the appearance further.

What about accessibility for disabled users?

The Sports Hall has been designed to be fully accessible for all users, with level access throughout and accessible toilets with shower facility within the building.

What about the local bat population on site?

The new Sports Hall development is located in an ecologically sensitive area in terms of bats and therefore full consideration has been given to producing an acceptable artificial lighting system. The benefits of the proposed new lighting scheme will include luminaires of a consistent and correct colour temperature, a strong downward light component plus illumination will be dimmed or switched off outside of normal operational hours, in collaboration with the security needs of the site.

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