Kingston Business School building
We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of business and our £26million Business School building, which opened in April 2012, puts us there.
Built with the ethos of enhancing the experience of students, the building has:
- dedicated suites and work spaces, IT facilities, social areas for postgraduate and MBA students;
- a business research hub which includes the Small Business Research Centre and research student offices;
- a 150-seat high-spec tiered lecture room and flexible classrooms;
- five computer rooms with a total of 280 seats;
- universal Wi-Fi access and network systems in the main lecture theatre for streaming lectures and video conferencing facilities;
- plasma screens throughout the atrium to keep you informed of important news, upcoming events and conferencing facilities; and
- social and informal learning spaces throughout the building including an inspiring ground floor atrium and cafe.
Commitment to sustainability
The new building achieved a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘excellent’, the second highest rating available. It was designed and constructed with sustainability in mind to reflect Kingston Business School’s commitment to sustainability and inspiring, educating and developing students who will take their experiences of sustainable behaviour into their future work and careers.
- The sedum roof is kinder to the environment as it helps to provide natural insulation, alleviates some run-off from heavy rainfall and is quieter than traditional roofs as it absorbs noise from rainfall. It also filters dust and other pollutants, absorbs carbon dioxide and provides food for birds and insects.
- The primary source of heating and cooling within the building is from a ground-source heat-pump which uses geothermal energy from boreholes 250m under the ground.
- Glazed roof lights installed in the atrium and large exterior windows on each floor maximise the amount of natural light in the building. This provides a more pleasant environment and reduces our reliance on electrical lights.
- Glazed ventilators in the classrooms and atrium automatically open to provide free cooling. Carbon dioxide sensors in most classrooms determine air quality and supply fresh air through vents when conditions allow.
- A rainwater harvesting system collects and recycles rainwater for flushing toilets, drastically reducing mains water consumption.
- The Multi-Functional Devices (MFDs) printers installed in the Business School, are part of Toshiba’s carbon offset scheme. The scheme provides rocket stoves to villages in Kenyan homes and schools. Through the use of more energy efficient devices across the University, and this carbon offset scheme, we aim to reduce printing and make printing a carbon zero function.