Kingston University update 11 - construction of the colonnade underway

Offsite fabricated hybrid solution for the concrete frame

Kingston University appointed RIBA award winning Grafton Architects for their new landmark teaching building for their Penrhyn Road campus in Kingston Upon Thames. The six storey building will be the first U.K. building for Ireland based Grafton who have built up a prestigious international portfolio for their design capabilities for university statement buildings.

PCE Ltd worked with main contractor Willmott Dixon during the tender phase to develop an offsite fabricated hybrid solution for the concrete frame, the majority of which is exposed and requires a high standard of finish with architectural finished concrete being used for 175 external mullion and spandrel panels and over 300 beams and columns. PCE have now started work on the colonnade part of the concrete structure which they have undertaken on a Design, Manufacture and Construct basis, for which they have considerable expertise and management systems.


According to the Kingston University website, the building will comprise of:

  • a learning resources centre
  • flexible technology throughout
  • a covered courtyard
  • specialist learning spaces
  • space for events;
  • cafes
  • new public landscaped areas.
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