Development of Penrhyn Road Campus at Kingston University
At the centre of Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus, the new John Galsworthy Building is the third phase of a strategic plan to create new lecture theatres, classrooms, offices, social spaces, IT areas, and canteen facilities for the university. We were commissioned by Dean & Dyball Construction Ltd. to provide structural and civil engineering services for the building.
We designed a 9x9 grid with 18-metre clear spans at two levels, to be built using a combination of bonded post-tensioned concrete slabs and post tensioned beams providing column free space at the second and fourth floor levels for lecture theatres. The steel hangers were designed in a hybrid structure linking the clear beam spans. Our façades are predominantly storey height limestone and glazing panels supported off slab edges. The original team’s concept design in steel was amended to concrete at tender stage and won in competition against the compliant bids. We selected comparatively thin post-tensioned floor slabs to minimise the building height, thereby reducing the visual impact on the surrounding buildings and local community.
The design also includes an open courtyard at the centre of the campus providing a central social area for university students and staff as well as members of the local community.
At a Glance
- Dean & Dyball Construction Ltd
- Architect of Record
- John McAslan + Partners
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