Located on the bank of the River Thames in Kingston, Bishops Palace House is a monolithic brick structure dating back to the late 1970’s. The building occupies an important urban node, acting as a civic landmark and welcoming visitors into the town across the listed bridge.
The building, in Kingston’s Old Town Conservation Area, is home to a mixture of uses – restaurant, retail and office – which provide over 100,000 square feet of accommodation. However, the existing spaces are constrained by building’s structure which undermine their efficiency and do little to harness the potential of this special, riverside setting.
Our proposals refine the tenure mix, reconfiguring the existing accommodation to deliver an exciting set of new spaces with minimum disruption to the existing tenants and the riverside. This ‘retro-fit’ approach to the building, utilising the existing structure rather than demolishing and starting anew is a conscientious and sustainable approach to site’s evolution.
The elevational treatments seek to break up the monotony of the existing building which suppresses and masks the mixed-use functions contained within and does little to connect to the river. New spaces will be characterised by timber framed extensions which will visually bind the existing facade and provide the building with a new identity.