Project Description

Mies Van der Rohe Award

RIBA Stirling Prize 2021 winner

Kingston University Town House

“The buildings external expression seeks to incorporate a visually rich façade in terms of articulation and detailing, with an emphasis on assembly of materials in a manner which is finely detailed and robust, ensuring the longevity of the quality of the appearance of the building. The interior of the building is predominantly defined by a column and beam structural system supporting exposed concrete ribbed slabs, that defines the quality and character of the spaces within and are influenced by the type and quality of finish of the concrete.

“Our collaborative working relationship with PCE throughout the design and offsite manufacturing process was a rewarding experience, and the subsequent careful assembly of the building’s concrete elements on site to form the building’s three-dimensional structural matrix and envelope contributed to the overall success of the project.”

Grafton Architects.


PCE’s Total Safety Management approach ensured that, from initiation of Design to completion of the 6 storey, 10,000m² structure, all potential Health and Safety issues were considered and eliminated.


With extensive areas of the building’s internal and external concrete finishes and jointing between components being visible, component manufacture and construction procedures were controlled to the highest quality.


Construction completed in just over 40 weeks by PCE’s highly trained multi skilled workforce. Over 2,150 offsite manufactured structural components arrived at site on a digitally managed logistics ‘just in time’ basis.


PCE’s HybriDfMA Bespoke System solution enabled an architecturally complex structure and facade to be economically achieved by an Offsite and Modern Methods of Construction approach.

The Kingston University Town House story

Kingston upon Thames, UK

Kingston University

Grafton Architects

Main Contractor:
Wilmott Dixon

Project Manager and Quantity Surveyors:
Turner & Townsend

Consultant Engineers:

“World-class architecture isn’t just the preserve of the Russell Group!

I’m delighted that with Town House, everyone who visits, studies in, and works at Kingston University now has access to a beautiful and inviting space in which to learn, socialise and just be.”

Professor Steven Spier, Vice Chancellor of Kingston University.