Breathing new life into Kingston town centre – the Kingfisher, Cattle Market and Guildhall campus sites

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Kingston Council is starting to work on plans to renew our historic town centre to make it even better for residents, local businesses, students and visitors. As part of this, we are proposing to deliver a brand-new, modern community leisure, well-being, and cultural destination on the site of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre which is accessible for all our residents and offers a range of facilities that benefit everyone.

We want to create a new cultural and leisure destination which celebrates the neighbouring Kingston Library and Museum and provides outdoor spaces which are right for Kingston, our residents and visitors, significantly enhancing this part of Kingston.

We are also looking to make better use of our existing assets, including the transformation of the Guildhall site from under-used council offices. With more of our staff working remotely during the pandemic we have been looking at the ways in which we operate as a council, and how we can move services closer to our residents. Our current offices need significant investment, are energy inefficient and are not easily accessible.

The Guildhall is an iconic, historic building, which we want to respect and protect. We are therefore thinking about finding new appropriate uses for our buildings, This is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Hogsmill River, creating a new public space for people to experience and enjoy.

Between 18 March and 25 April 2021, we held a listening exercise to hear your views about the future of the sites.

A core part of this was a digital survey and a dedicated adapted survey for children, which received 2,159 and 226 responses respectively. We also held two public webinars and several meetings with those interested to discuss the plans. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has taken the time to get involved and share their views. Thank you for taking part.

What happens next?

Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the feedback and seeking the approval from the Council’s Response and Recovery Committee's to proceed to this next stage of the project. This will allow us to begin developing the design proposal based on feedback received in the first phase of public engagement. When these early designs are better developed, we will hold more conversations with you to get further feedback and to show you how your suggestions have influenced them.

We will then consider what you tell us about the conceptual designs before a final stage of engagement ahead of submitting a planning application to the Local Planning Authority later this year.

Although our surveys are now closed, you can still get in touch by:

  • Emailing us at transformkingston@kingston.gov.uk
  • Calling our Freephone line on 0800 044 3916


Kingston Council is starting to work on plans to renew our historic town centre to make it even better for residents, local businesses, students and visitors. As part of this, we are proposing to deliver a brand-new, modern community leisure, well-being, and cultural destination on the site of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre which is accessible for all our residents and offers a range of facilities that benefit everyone.

We want to create a new cultural and leisure destination which celebrates the neighbouring Kingston Library and Museum and provides outdoor spaces which are right for Kingston, our residents and visitors, significantly enhancing this part of Kingston.

We are also looking to make better use of our existing assets, including the transformation of the Guildhall site from under-used council offices. With more of our staff working remotely during the pandemic we have been looking at the ways in which we operate as a council, and how we can move services closer to our residents. Our current offices need significant investment, are energy inefficient and are not easily accessible.

The Guildhall is an iconic, historic building, which we want to respect and protect. We are therefore thinking about finding new appropriate uses for our buildings, This is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Hogsmill River, creating a new public space for people to experience and enjoy.

Between 18 March and 25 April 2021, we held a listening exercise to hear your views about the future of the sites.

A core part of this was a digital survey and a dedicated adapted survey for children, which received 2,159 and 226 responses respectively. We also held two public webinars and several meetings with those interested to discuss the plans. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has taken the time to get involved and share their views. Thank you for taking part.

What happens next?

Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the feedback and seeking the approval from the Council’s Response and Recovery Committee's to proceed to this next stage of the project. This will allow us to begin developing the design proposal based on feedback received in the first phase of public engagement. When these early designs are better developed, we will hold more conversations with you to get further feedback and to show you how your suggestions have influenced them.

We will then consider what you tell us about the conceptual designs before a final stage of engagement ahead of submitting a planning application to the Local Planning Authority later this year.

Although our surveys are now closed, you can still get in touch by:

  • Emailing us at transformkingston@kingston.gov.uk
  • Calling our Freephone line on 0800 044 3916