Kingston University
Pilot Teaching Rooms

Type: Remodelling & Refurbishment
Duration: 7 Weeks
Value: £306k
Architects: Architon LLP
M & E: MG Partnership Building Services Engineers LTD

Kingston University

Pioneering space planning project at Kingston University

Kingston University has an ongoing project to pilot the latest thinking in teaching room design. The pilots help ensure that all refurbishment projects are informed by up-to-date and effective pedagogy. ITC was appointed to remodel and refurbish 9 teaching spaces across their Kingston Hill, Roehampton Vale and Penrhyn Road campus.

Re-thinking traditional teaching spaces

The design ethos is that the spaces should be stimulating and provocative whilst avoiding ‘gimmicky’ decoration or furniture. The university opted for a neutral colour pallet, with the use of natural materials and circadian lighting.

Rooms refurbished to support teaching and learning

The works across the three campus’ involved demolition and strip-out, with asbestos removal and remediation works. The rooms were transformed with new glazing, ceilings, partitions, and joinery. M&E installation supports the use of the latest technology. The layouts of the new spaces are designed to actively facilitate collaborative learning and flipped teaching.

“Feedback from colleagues shows that they are using the affordances of the space to make sessions more collaborative, more active and morestudent-focused.”.

Dr Clarissa Wilks | Pro Vice-Chancellor (learning and teaching) | Kingston University