Kingston College recently hosted a Topping Out Ceremony along with Dawnus Construction to celebrate the next stage of the new Creative Industries Centre. This £10 million facility will be the College’s flagship centre for its creative industries programmes, opening in January 2015.â€¨â€¨
The Topping Out honour went to Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, who installed the highest and last fixing on the new building.
To further commemorate the event, Neil Johnson, regional director of Dawnus Construction, presented College Principal, Peter Mayhew-Smith, with an engraved trowel as a gift from the construction company to the College, which is another topping out ceremony tradition. â€¨â€¨
Zac Goldsmith commented: “I am delighted to be part of marking this milestone in the construction of Kingston College’s Creative Industries Centre. I look forward to seeing this grow into a hub for creative arts in London. This will be a great addition to our local community and arts education in the area. I look forward to coming back to see the building in action.’â€¨â€¨
Based on the site of the Richmond Road Centre, the new centre will offer a 3D workshop, TV studio, music suite and a mixture of studios and classrooms designed to enhance the learning experience. A gallery space for exhibitions and performances will enable student work to be showcased adjacent to an art café providing a new social hub for the site.
The new three-storey centre, has been designed using the latest technology and has environmentally friendly features to minimise energy consumption and reduce the need for heating and cooling.â€¨â€¨
Peter Mayhew-Smith said: ‘Kingston College is delighted to be one of very few colleges investing in such exciting large scale projects. We’re building a brilliant new building on an important site for our students and the community and we know it will become a centre-piece for arts education in London.’â€¨â€¨
Neil Johnson commented: ‘We were delighted to be involved with the topping out ceremony for the New Creative Arts Centre at Kingston College, giving us all an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work that has gone into the project. Dawnus have been working collaboratively with the College and the design team and we are happy to say we are on target to deliver the project on time and within budget.’