Darling Associates Architects are delighted to announce that Eden Campus, a new 363,00sqft workplace campus in Kingston Upon Thames, has been approved by Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
The highly sustainable masterplan consists of a major 363,000sqft GEA office headquarters (consisting of two linked buildings) set to be occupied by British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilever. Alongside this will be the construction of a multi storey car park (providing 354 spaces, with 42 motorcycle and 325 bicycle spaces) and a 16-storey residential tower (115 units including 36 affordable).
Eden Campus will be developed into a site which integrates into the local area, respecting the historic townscape of Kingston with all four key buildings sitting within a high quality urban yet green setting.
The proposed masterplan places the main 9-storey office building on the prime frontage facing the widened Eden Street, to be known as The Honey Building. This will have a 2-storey recessed lower element with a 4-storey footprint above. The double set back on levels 6 and 8 provides amenity terraces whilst allowing the massing to respect local views. The ground floor will have retail space, activating the frontage to Eden Street.
Unilever, the multinational consumer goods company, has announced that it will consolidate its UK operation in Kingston, in the new BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated office in the town centre. This commitment represents the largest investment in new commercial office space in London since the outbreak of COVID-19, consolidating its offices from Leatherhead, Victoria Embankment and its existing site in Kingston into this one new campus.
The southern apex of the site includes a 16-storey residential high building, offering 115 new one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. The scheme will incorporate 36 affordable, 20 social rent and 16 shared ownership units. This will address Kingston’s housing need, and reference the site within the townscape, forming part of a cluster of neighbouring high buildings. The scheme will include the landscaping to the edges of the Hogsmill River. A newly created one-way route linking east to west will provide access across the site, providing further permeability.
Overall, the ambition with Eden Campus is to achieve annual Net Zero carbon emissions once fully operational.