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
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
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.
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
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: