Kingston University London - Town House, built by Grafton Architects, received the 25th Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize.
The Stirling Prize has been given virtually every year since 1996 (except in 2020, when it was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak) to recognise structures that have had the greatest impact on British architecture.
Kingston University's £50 million teaching building was built as an innovative learning centre that promotes a cultural and educational nexus for students, faculty, alumni, and the local community.
The Town House's open areas break down barriers between the University and the local population, demonstrating that it is a place for everyone. DES worked with Willmott Dixon throughout the structure, to provide intelligently positioned colonnades produce solar shading, which cools the building and reduces energy usage, as well as urban drainage, a photovoltaic array, roof gardens, and landscaping.
Kingston University Town House was described by RIBA judges as “high quality at every scale" and DES are proud to have contributed a high-quality service towards such an architecturally notable building.