The Business School evokes a cool, restrained and rationalist response to a romantic landscape, and forms a new academic heart to the Kingston Hill Campus.
The four brick elevations work to unify the very different situation for each compass point, making connections across the steeply sloping site.
The building is based on a simple square form with a large central lightwell, allowing natural ventilation and light to permeate deep into the building. Only the lower floors are enclosed to create a central meeting space linking large scale lecture theatres. These are cooled by one of the largest ground source heat pump installations in Europe.
“It is exciting to watch how students and academics colonise and adapt to the spaces they occupy. I am looking forward to seeing how this wonderful space will be used in the future... a space at the leading edge of teaching and learning - but not our final frontier.”
Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice Chancellor
“Kingston Business School has always 'punched above its weight' in terms of its national and international reputation. The excellence of the new Business School building finally reflects the quality of the research and teaching the school delivers.”
Professor Gwyneth Pitt, Dean of Business and Law 2002-2006