This project involved the design and construction of a new Creative Industries Centre at Kingston College. The new building allows the majority of art and design, fashion, media and music curriculum areas to be consolidated in a single central location.
The three-storey building comprises a reinforced concrete frame on piled foundations, clad in face brickwork with a flat roof construction comprising applied membrane, insulation and screed. The ground floor construction is a suspended proprietary beam block concrete floor system. The building has a facing brickwork enclosure which is supported via a lightweight metal structural framing system which in turn is restrained back to the primary concrete structure. The building and its roof level plant room has a gross internal area of 2463m2.
The works also involved the refurbishment of an existing teaching block. This included the replacement of 112 large (storey-high) windows.
The new centre offers a 3D workshop, TV studio, music suite and a mixture of studios and classrooms designed to enhance the learning experience. The music classrooms were built to studio requirements and then handed over to the client’s preferred subcontractor for fit-out. The building also includes a gallery space for exhibitions and performances, to enable student work to be showcased adjacent to an art café providing a new social hub for the site.
The BREEAM Excellent rated centre includes environmentally friendly features such as a rainwater harvesting system, photovoltaic cells and air source heat pumps.
As the College remained in operation throughout the contract period, it was essential that works were carried out without causing undue disruption to campus activities.