Kingston University
Agile Working Hub

Type: Refurbishment
Duration: 25 weeks
Value: £2.1m
Contract Administrator: Turner & Townsend
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
QS: Turner & Townsend
M & E: Max Fordham LLP

ITC creates agile working hub to meet the needs of a post-pandemic workforce

ITC were appointed to refurbish several areas at Kingston University’s main building at Penrhyn Road, providing agile workspaces for University staff. The project focuses on people, processes, connectivity and technology to support more flexible working patterns.

The finished spaces now include four workspace ‘neighbourhoods’ which are accessed via a central ‘highstreet’, meeting rooms, individual workrooms and a mixture of social spaces accommodating up to 120 staff.

Complete Strip-out of two floors, provides a blank canvas for new services and fit-out

The works involved the complete strip-out, services decommissioning and isolation works. The floors were transformed with new floor and ceiling finishes, new internal partitions, specialist joinery to create bespoke meeting rooms, WCs and new tea point facilities.

All new M & E services were installed including heating, lighting, cooling, ventilation, heat recovery units, power and data services. The team also carried out the construction of a new structural support plant deck for new MEP equipment stored on the roof.

The spaces were fitted-out in an environmentally sustainable way, from the selection of plant and equipment, to the reuse of materials, to the design of elements, all contributing to the Ska rating of this project.

A challenging project with a quality end result

This project wasn’t without its unique set of challenges. Unexpected items presented themselves during the project and we worked with the client and their team to re-programme the works. The ITC team provided practical solutions and worked weekends to reduce the impact on the programme.

The works took place whilst the building was still in use by students and staff, this added an additional complexity with noise and access routes being shared.

The agile working hub has been a complex technical fit-out project. ITC dealt with the issues in tandem with the Design Team and Client in a focussed and measured way to achieve the best result, with a quality finish. The staff are delighted with their new offices.

Paul Snoddy | Senior Project Manager | Estates and Sustainability at Kingston University

Kingston University Agile Working Hub
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The agile working scheme in Kingston University is nearly finished and looks fantastic. I really love these wooden panelled meeting rooms in the neighbourhood zones. Exposed ceilings, natural ventilation and a whole load of carpet saved to be reused on campus, all contributing to the Ska rating.

Lucy Walsh | B Sussed | Sustainability