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Inside Kingston School of Art's £30 Million Refurbishment

Posted by Ross Jones-Morris in ,

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Set to be delivered in December 2019, Kingston School of Art is now undergoing a £30 million overhaul that will see large scale redesigns of workshop and studio spaces, as well as the exterior of the building itself.

One major goal of the refurbishment is to help Kingston University reach its target of a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. As such the building is also on schedule to become the first building at the university to reach The BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) 'excellent' standard.

To reach this standard, the new designs feature responsive LED lighting (that only activate when natural light isn't sufficient), extensive use of sun-shades on the facade of the building (that will reduce overheating of the building in summer) and enhanced use of natural ventilation, wherever possible.

Another goal is to make studio spaces more flexible, as well to facilitate the installation of more specialist technical facilities.

Vice-Chancellor of Kingston School of Art, Steven Spier, has said of the works: "The refurbishment at Kingston School of Art demonstrates our commitment to the ethos of thinking through making and the value of studio-based learning."