Boroughs | Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames



Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Guildhall Complex - Guildhalls 1 and 2, KT1
  2. Eden House Campus, Surrey House, KT1 1ER
  3. Cambridge Road Estate, KT1
  4. Cocks Crescent, New Malden, KT3

Investment Opportunities

Guildhall Complex - Guildhalls 1 and 2, KT1

Guildhall Complex - Guildhalls 1 and 2, KT1

The Guildhall Complex is made up of several  underutilised buildings, where the council’s main offices are currently located, within Kingston Town Centre. This prime site is surrounded by a mix of predominantly commercial uses and is directly next to the new homes and the Unilever headquarters currently under construction.

The area could be redeveloped to provide new homes and spaces for business and leisure services as well as new public areas and landscaping to celebrate and respect the Hogsmill River which runs through the site and the neighbouring Grade II listed Guildhall. 

PROJECT OWNER: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
PLANNING STATUS: No approval to date, partially identified in our Kingston Town Centre Area Action Plan
EXISTING STATUS: Both buildings have been designated as surplus to requirements at February 2022 Corporate & Resources Committee 

Eden House Campus, Surrey House, KT1 1ER

Eden House Campus, Surrey House, KT1 1ER

The major mixed use redevelopment of the former surrey house site in central Kingston known as the  ‘Eden Campus’ will deliver global significant blue chip company,  Unilever Ltd new UK & Ireland headquarters, providing  25,000 sqm of BREEAM Excellent floorspace and 156 new homes, and will be home to over 2000 highly skilled marketing, sales and product development professionals. The scheme will generate over 200 construction jobs, contribute over £3m directly into the local economy during its development, and provide new energy to Kingston Town Centre. 


PROJECT OWNER: Cube Real Estate
PLANNING STATUS: Resolution to Approve

Cambridge Road Estate, KT1

Cambridge Road Estate, KT1

The 197,000 sqm Cambridge Road Estate (CRE) regeneration programme will deliver 2170 homes including 767 social rented homes and 100 shared equity/shared ownership homes aimed at existing owner occupiers on the estate.  Delivered through a joint venture between the council and Countryside Properties the project will include major opportunities for employment, training, health and well-being for residents as well as economic opportunities for local businesses. 

PROJECT OWNER: The CRE (RBK) LLP (Kingston Council and Countryside Properties)
PLANNING STATUS: Resolution to Approve (December 2021 - Part detailed (Phase 1) / part outline) - subject to GLA approval.

Cocks Crescent, New Malden, KT3

Cocks Crescent, New Malden, KT3

The Cocks Crescent sites sits within a busy and diverse town centre that hosts Europe’s largest Korean community and a well-connected business community. The 5-hectare site currently provides a leisure centre, open space, car parking and vacant sites primed for reuse - providing an opportunity to provide a new leisure centre, homes,commercial and retail offer around a new town square.  The regeneration will improve the services provided to local residents, and contribute to wider improvements to the surrounding area.

PROJECT OWNER: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
PLANNING STATUS: Supplementary Planning Document approved

Kingston upon Thames’ unique blend of benefits help to ensure its strength as a place to live, invest, visit and work - as underlined by multiple recent major investments from international companies and a strong development pipeline.  The borough provides an exceptional quality of life - characterful towns and high streets and attractive neighbourhoods, while 32% of the borough is green space. Kingston town centre - the capital’s third-largest retail area - incorporates its ancient market square and riverside bars and restaurants. Surbiton’s high-quality evening entertainment scene complements New Malden’s unique offer, driven by Europe’s largest Korean community. The borough is known for its top schools at both primary and secondary levels, with many graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, scoring highly in attainment and progress.

The borough sits between the country’s two leading airports and close to major road routes. Characterised by a high level of micro-enterprises, its 9000-strong base of enterprises also benefits from a diverse industrial structure that adds resilience to the local economy.  Strong employment in arts, entertainment and recreation, as well as in financial and business services, public administration and wholesale and retail provide the leading sectors.  However, professional, scientific and technical activities, and ICT have contributed disproportionately to recent growth, with over 1000 businesses in digital and tech, employing over 3000 people. 


Population projections 2021 179,169

Population projections 2050 218,061


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 9,640

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 713

  • Kingston is London's oldest market town with a rich and extraordinary history.  The borough is where the coronation of England’s first kings took place and boasts   a stunning riverside location bordered by royal parks and a palace. It also sits between two major airports.
  • A particularly rich source of talent: 61% of residents educated to degree level or higher, significantly higher than that of London and the UK.  Very high levels of managerial, director and professionally qualified residents, and a large ‘top 50’ university excelling in science, engineering, computing and architecture.
  • Favoured by global brands including Merlin Entertainments (Chessington), Lidl’s new UK head office, and the site of Unliever’s new global HQ in Kingston. Other established leading employers include Sega Amusements, BAE Systems and Bausch and Lomb UK Ltd.

Sean Gillen, Corporate Head of Employment, Skills and Economy

“Our historic borough is uniquely placed to emerge strongly from recent challenges and we’re focused on ensuring we can capitalise on this. Bringing forward major developments and providing a supportive policy environment, while building close links with the business community are vital. We’re investing heavily in the borough and invite you to join us in helping shape Kingston’s future.”

Councillor Andreas Kirsch, Leader of the Council

Our Economic Development and Growth Strategy 2018-2025 provides a clear direction for the borough, and this will be refreshed during 2022 to ensure we are well-placed to emerge strongly from the pandemic. The emerging themes of this will build on the previous strategy and respond to new opportunities, likely to include:

  • Capitalising on the borough’s prime position to respond to economic changes, to accommodate less centralised business models and major growth in those working near-to-home. This will contribute to ongoing work to diversify the borough’s economy and enhance its resilience.
  • Protecting and ensuring the supply of spaces and places for enterprise, through supportive policy and partnership with developers, that enables appropriate growth.
  • Retaining more of the borough’s talent locally, with jobs that match residents’ skills and education, and opportunities for Kingston University’s rich pool of graduate expertise.
  • Supporting the recovery and growth of our town centres and high streets, enhancing the benefits of our cultural and arts sectors, to support our centres’ role as economic, social and cultural hubs.  A new ‘vision’ for Kingston Town Centre and strategic partnership approach for new Malden will support this.
  • Supporting  the borough’s leading commitment set out in its climate action plan, and enabling growth of the green economy, toward carbon neutrality by 2038.