Kingston Futures partners will showcase the borough’s unique offer alongside its development opportunities, as they seek to secure further investment for their ambitious growth programme.
The public-private partnership, spearheaded by Kingston Council, will highlight the borough’s desirability as a place to invest. It will showcase the borough’s cultural assets, its lifestyle and vibrant economy as well as its key sites including the Cattle Market, Cocks Crescent and other great opportunity sites. It sets out to vie for bold and innovative partners to join the Kingston Futures Partnership. Kingston Council has a number of development sites in prime town centre locations as well as district centres. The borough also has a number of long term sites, linked to Crossrail 2, for which it requires mixed-use development, including much needed housing, leisure and commercial premises.
Regeneration in the borough has an outstanding track record under the Kingston Futures Partnership. Since its launch four years ago, almost 3,000 homes and over 250,000 sq ft of retail space, restaurants, schools, office space and hotels have been granted planning permission.
Deputy Chief Executive, Roy Thompson, said: “We are actively seeking investors and developers to come into Kingston and progress a number of site specific opportunities, as well as tapping into the longer-term development potential within the borough, so that together we can deliver our Good Growth ambition for our resident and business communities.
“Kingston Futures seeks partners that buy into our vision. Our standards of excellence and quality of design means as well as outstanding buildings, Kingston is creating inclusive, welcoming places to live, work and enjoy, with a vibrant cultural offer. We have a strong leadership team in place and require additional development partners who can complement our growth agenda and advance Kingston as a place of excellence where communities thrive.”
One of the Kingston Futures partners, Kingston University has embarked on its Town House building. Designed by RIBA award winning and Stirling Prize nominated, Grafton Architects. The new landmark building, which will transform the learning experience and bring together the University and the local community, is being constructed by Willmott Dixon.
Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University, said: “Kingston University plays a leading role in the borough and has a strong, collaborative partnership with Kingston Council. As one of the borough’s largest employers, our 15,000 students and 2,000 staff make a significant contribution to the cultural, creative and economic character of Kingston. It is an inspiring place to live, work and study and the University is proud to produce world-class creative and entrepreneurial talent to fuel Kingston’s future growth.”
British Land’s exciting new development, designed by BDP Architects, will transform the town centre. The plans include 380 homes, 28 new retail units to meet a need for additional luxury and aspirational retailers, 12 restaurants and cafes including a sky restaurant, a boutique cinema and public spaces. The scheme will consolidate Kingston’s position as one of the best retail centres in London.
Matthew Secker, Development Director, British Land, said: “Kingston is a fantastic regeneration opportunity and Kingston Council have a clear, and ambitious, vision for its future. Our Eden Walk mixed-use scheme will bring new retail, leisure, homes, office space and high-quality public realm, which will contribute towards Kingston’s future as one of London’s leading destinations.”
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