Step into the future of construction at Kingston University’s Town House.

Town House will be the first building to be opened in the UK designed by RIBA award winning and Stirling Prize nominated Grafton Architects. Willmott Dixon were appointed to deliver this exciting project in 2016 and since work began in April 2017, the building has very rapidly taken shape thanks to its innovative construction method.

Imagine a very big 3D jigsaw. The entire concrete frame has been manufactured offsite and is being assembled piece-by-piece by two 35 metre tall tower cranes to create a new building that will transform the learning experience for students and bring together the University and the local community.

Delivering a new landmark building in Kingston, Town House will include a Learning Resources Centre, specialist learning spaces, a covered courtyard, cafés, events spaces and new landscaped areas. It forms a key part the University’s Estate Vision implementation programme being undertaken over the next 10 years.

We will kick-start your visit with a brief site induction and presentation before kitting you out in protective clothing and taking you on a tour of the site.

On your tour, you will have the opportunity to see some of the fantastic teaching and communal spaces being constructed. If the weather is good, you may even be able to take in the views from the roof which includes a glimpse of Hampton Court Palace.

Along the way we will show you some of the interesting features which make this project so special. Following your tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the building in a greater depth using our state-of-the-art 3D model and virtual reality headsets. Please notify us of your interest to experience the virtual reality so we can allow enough time.

In addition to the tour, we will have a few our Management Trainees on hand to give you an insight into our great Trainee programme and the exciting diverse roles within construction.

Ever thought about a career in construction? Let us know!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Address Willmott Dixon Site Office
Kingston University Town House
Penrhyn Road
Kingston University

Public transport

Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Kingston station or Surbiton. For further information, visit the National Rail Enquiries website. Buses run both locally and from other parts of London. For further information, visit the Transport for London website.

From Kingston station: Leave the railway station via the main exitCross at the lights in front of you on to Fife RoadTurn left on to Castle StreetAt the end of Castle Street continue ahead on to Eden StreetCross the mini-roundabout to Brook StreetCross over at the lights and head right towards the roundaboutGo straight over the roundabout on to Penrhyn RoadPenrhyn Road campus is on your left opposite Surrey County Hall

From Surbiton station: Leave the railway station via the main exitCross the mini-roundabout to Claremont RoadTake the 71, 281, K2 or K3 bus towards KingstonGet off at the 'Kingston University' stop. The Penrhyn Road campus is on the other side of the road.


Please use one of the public pay-and-display car parks nearby. Visit the Kingston Council website for further information.

Parking available yes

Please use one of the public pay-and-display car parks nearby. Visit the Kingston Council website for further information.

Length of Visit 1 Hour
Maximum Group Size 20
Register by March 20, 2018
Disabled Access yes

We can provide access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. However, the tour will be limited to the ground floor. Please notify us in advance if you require any further assistance.

Child Restrictions yes

Tours available for ages 4 and up. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Josie Piercy

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