The Knights Park campus is located immediately to the north of the Hogsmill River which gives the campus a picturesque setting. The campus houses Kingston School of Art (the new name from September 2017) in a series of linked buildings that vary in height from two to eight storeys.
To the south east is the University's Stanley Picker Gallery, and beyond the Gallery is Middle Hill halls of residence, which contains accommodation for approximately 200 students.
The site is also located directly to the north of the Grove Crescent conservation area and immediately to the south of the Fairfield/Knight's Park conservation area.
In 2012, Kingston University completed a £11.4m refurbishment of the existing buildings to create a new reception gallery and improved studio spaces. However in order to address the needs of the University's most popular degree programmes and to maintain its success, Kingston School of Art needs additional teaching and learning spaces. As one of the top institutions in the country, we are seeking a building that reflects, and maintains, our status.
An £11.4m refurbishment programme was undertaken in 2012 but, to properly support our highly successful Kingston School of Art, additional teaching and learning space is required.
1 and 2. New Extension building: Existing circulation is confusing. Rather than redevelop or extend, we propose to reorganise the existing spaces to improve circulation and use of space. We would like to re-clad the existing New Extension building to enhance its tired appearance.
3 and 4. Middle Mill lecture theatre and new academic building: We propose to replace approximately 100 bedrooms at Middle Mill with a new lecture theatre and academic building. Alternative student accommodation will be agreed with private landlords with some additional facilities at Kingston Hill.
5. Middle Mill temporary building: To ensure adequate teaching space during the works, temporary buildings are proposed.
Key: 1 = Existing building
2 = Re-clad existing building
3, 4 & 5 = Proposed new buildings