Kingston upon Thames fuses innovation, culture and heritage to deliver a unique destination experience for companies, workers, investors, residents and visitors alike. For centuries it has exceeded expectations as a place to do business, innovate, learn, shop and have fun. Today, it continues its journey with the delivery of a new phase of regeneration which will re-invent those core qualities to ensure it continues to be a first-choice destination.
Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – just 12 miles from central London. It is the third ranked shopping centre in London outside Westfield and the West End.
The regeneration of Eden Walk is a major landmark project that will propel Kingston’s standing as a major retail destination into the shopping stratosphere. The development from British Land and USS, owners of Eden Walk Shopping Centre, would create a 300% increase in retail and leisure trade at Eden Walk, meeting an identified need for modern units to entice more aspirational and luxury retailers into the town.
Kingston Town Centre’s luxury aspirations were marked out with the arrival of a new Double Tree by Hilton hotel. Due to open in late-2016 and housed in an existing building following a multi-million pound refit, the hotel on the corner of Skerne Road and Down Hall Road, will boast 146 rooms and suites, a restaurant and a bar as well as conference and meeting rooms.
Transport links were among the reasons Whitbread chose Tolworth as the site for a new 137-bed Premier Inn. The eight-storey building will be constructed in Kingston Road, just off the A3 and close to the station, on the site of the old Tolworth Garage. It will create around 25-30 jobs and half of these will go to young people not in education, employment or training. Whitbread’s venture into Tolworth follows the new Premier Inn in Wheatfield Way, Kingston.
North Kingston was a largely derelict tract of land in a prime site near Kingston Station, and an unattractive gateway to the town – until planners made a commitment to turn this around.
Radical plans for the Old Post Office site will contribute greatly to the regeneration of the town centre. The development will provide 319 homes, shops, restaurants, offices and community space, as well as restoring and bringing back into use, two listed buildings which are on the Heritage at Risk Register – the Old Post Office and the Telephone Exchange.
The iconic Tolworth Tower will be refurbished and four new high-rise buildings constructed on the site to provide 308 homes and 68 serviced apartments. CNM Estates’ plan involves the part-conversion of Tolworth Tower from offices to 108 homes and the serviced apartments, with the remaining offices rejuvenated into Grade A office space. The new towers will be 19, 15, 12 and 5-storey high blocks containing 200 homes with commercial units at ground level.
Construction of an iconic £55m campus building at a busy town centre gateway is scheduled for late 2016. The Penrhyn Road Town House will be glass-fronted, some rooms will have walls, some will not. Learning spaces will be open so visitors on the lower floors can see right up into the building. A rooftop terrace will offer views of the Thames and Hampton Court Palace.
Culture contributes greatly to the Kingston experience. A rich heritage dating back more than a millennium, a world-class theatre and a rich tapestry of arts and celebratory events means there’s something for even the most discerning.
Destination Kingston offers an experience like no other. Kingston is the best ranked shopping venue in London, after the West End and City, and around 20 million people visit each year to enjoy the particular blend of department stores, high street chains and indie outlets. Around 43 per cent combine their visit with another activity, be it a show at the acclaimed Rose Theatre, a meal/drink at a riverside or town centre restaurant, a visit to the ancient market or attendance at one of the multitude of events on the calendar.
Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – just 12 miles from central London.