Kingston University welcomes multi-million upgrade

A £100 million project to upgrade Kingston University’s halls of residence is set to launch this month.

The scheme will provide a suite of new, energy-efficient and state-of-the-art bedrooms and enhanced facilities. 

As part of the project, 1,216 existing rooms will be refurbished across the Seething Wells and Kingston Hill halls, with a further 117 new rooms added. 

Five listed buildings at Seething Wells will also be renovated, providing a café and dedicated events space. 

Surrey Comet: An artist's impression of the communal space at Seething WellsAn artist’s impression of the communal space at Seething Wells

The Kingston Hill site will benefit from new and larger communal kitchens and upgraded shared social spaces for students.

The scheme will be delivered by Kingston Student Living – a consortium made up of infrastructure investment firm Equitix and energy, services and regeneration company ENGIE.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steven Spier said: “The environment and spaces in which students live, study and socialise have a real impact on their time at university. 

“This long-term partnership will allow us to improve on and upgrade our halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill for the benefit of our students.”

Equitix development director, Ben Leech said: “We now look forward to working closely with the University to help it regenerate its campus offering and deliver its vision for quality student housing.”

Award-winning architects TP Bennett have led on the design of the project, which secured planning permission last year.

Construction is set to be completed in 2022.

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