A computer-generated 3D fly-through reveals how Kingston University’s new flagship Town House building – designed by award-winning Grafton Architects – will look once completed in 2019. The video highlights the building’s sweeping, open plan walkways, performance spaces and rooftop views across the town.
Representatives from Kingston borough as well as staff from local schools and colleges visited the University recently to learn what educational benefits could be gleaned from Town House – both during its construction and when the building opens. Many people also seized the opportunity to don some of the University’s state-of-the-art Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets to take a virtual walk round the building and experience it from the inside.
Kingston University’s Head of Widening Participation Jenni Woods said there was an array of activities that schools and colleges would be able to get involved in, including the opportunity for individual, bespoke projects relating to such areas as design, architecture, photography, engineering and construction.
“We are excited to be working with our construction company Wilmott Dixon to offer a variety of tailored educational opportunities which could include work experience, visits for pupils to the Town House construction site and workshops in schools,” she said.
Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, said that the three-time winner of the educational contractor of the year award was delighted to be working in partnership with Kingston University to create a legacy as part of the Town House project.
“We want to ensure that we not only make a difference to students who attend the University, but also benefit the wider community including helping to kick start careers in the construction industry,” he added.
Comprising of a Learning Resources Centre, specialist learning spaces, cafés and new landscaped areas, Town House forms part of a major transformation programme being undertaken by Kingston University during the next 10 years to upgrade its estate and further enhance the teaching and learning experience for all its students.