The Shortlist is announced today for the selection of a multi-disciplinary team to design the New Town House Building on Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus, London.
The New Town House Building will serve as the public face of Kingston University and provide a welcoming gateway to the campus that will be inclusive, contemporary and civic. It will be the biggest construction project that the University has embarked upon to date and will provide better access to key student support services, as well as accommodating a new enlarged learning resources centre, multi-function auditorium, rehearsal and innovative learning spaces. The New Town House Building will reinforce the University’s vision to be internationally recognised for its creative approach to education, with practical outcomes that benefit people and communities.
The Panel which evaluated the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire returns included four architects and an expert in the history of design. The panel comprised, from the University: the Vice-Chancellor, the chair of the Board of Governors, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Corporate Affairs/University Secretary, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the Head of the School of Architecture and Landscape and the Estates Directors. They were joined by John Jenner (Greenhill Jenner Architects) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser.
The five short-listed teams (in alphabetical order of lead architect) are:
- Bennetts Associates
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Grafton Architects LLP
- Haworth Tompkins
- O’Donnell & Tuomey
On announcing the shortlist, Professor Julius Weinberg - Vice-Chancellor of the University - said: “The quality of the entries was very high and I am extremely pleased with the shortlist. We are excited about working with the eventual winner and together creating a quality new building which will transform learning for our students’’. Sean Woulfe, Director of Estates Delivery at Kingston emphasised the importance of this building to everyone at the University, and its visibility to every passer-by. He said, “The building will have a major impact on every student, staff member and visitor who uses it. I’m delighted to have such talented architects on the list to help us get the most out of this high-profile site’’.
The five teams will now go on to prepare a tender return and concept design outlining the proposed architectural, building services and structural approach for the New Town House Building. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced in mid-December 2013.