Kingston University appoints Stirling finalist to design flagship project

Kingston University

Kingston University today

Kingston University

Stirling Prize finalist Grafton Architects has won a competition to design its first building in the UK.

The Irish practice beat a high-profile shortlist to design a flagship building for Kingston University, the institution’s biggest construction project to date.

The other finalists were O’Donnell & Tuomey, Bennetts Associates, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Haworth Tompkins.

The project is the latest phase in the university’s development of its Penrhyn Road campus on a key gateway to Kingston town centre. The New Town House Building will include both administrative and teaching functions along with a learning resources centre and auditorium.

Kingston University

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Kingston University today

Director of estates delivery Sean Woulfe said Grafton emerged as the winner of the RIBA competition from a very strong shortlist.

“Grafton have an international reputation for designing thoughtful, beautifully detailed buildings in the higher education sector and the university is excited to be working with them on the first Grafton building in London,” he said.

Grafton was shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize for its University of Limerick medical school. The Dublin-based practice has a strong record in designing university buildings.