Kingston University, 2020

redevelopment of the Knights Park campus, home to Kingston School of Art

Kingston School of Art was established at Knights Park in 1939 and is one of the UK’s leading art and design schools covering a wide range of disciplines including fine art, architecture, fashion, 3D design, graphics, photography, filmmaking, illustration and animation.

Haworth Tompkins were appointed as masterplanners to guide the long-term development vision for KSA’s Knights Park campus and are currently delivering the first phase; an ambitious 8500sqm creative re-use and extension of an existing 1970s building.

The factory-like building suffered from ad hoc modifications, poor layout and underutilised spaces. However, its raw brick, steel and concrete shell is in good condition and will be retained, cleaned and repaired. New factory glazing will provide good quality light to north-facing studios, while sculptural corten window surrounds to the south will provide solar shading. Redundant plant spaces at the top of the building are being repurposed as studio spaces, while green roofs and terraces will make the most of the large flat roofs. The project is on course to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and deliver a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions.

KSA’s workshops and studios are open for creative exploration and allow opportunities for students and staff to work together and to share ideas whether they are studying or researching. The project builds on this open approach through providing adaptable studio and workshop spaces, active breakout spaces and stronger vertical and horizontal connections. At the heart of the building are new state of the art workshop facilities for ceramics, photography, film production, woodwork, metalwork, plaster, printmaking, letterpress and digital hack. These workshops are open to students of all disciplines to encourage collaboration and disruptive experimentation.


kingston university

main contractor


project manager

turner & townsend

structural engineer


services engineer


quantity surveyor

rider levett bucknall