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Waiting Room

A project by: MArchUnit5

pledged of £6,000 target
This project will only receive pledges if at least £4,000 is pledged by Fri 31 May 2019
A space to wait... Bringing pride back to Tolworth Railway Station.

MArch Unit 5, with the Community Brain, want to bring back to life the waiting rooms at Tolworth Station. By using our architecture and design experience, we will create a safe and interesting space to inspire passengers on their journeys, while of course making sure that people can shelter from the British weather.

Who are we?

MArch Unit 5 are MA Architecture students from Kingston University’s School of Art and this project will build upon previous successful collaborations including the Seething Yatai & the Green shed. In the past we have created a 5m tall wooden wheeled festival float for the annual Seething Festival and a travelling flat pack allotment exhibition space which won a silver award at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2018. MArch Unit 5 is supported by their architect tutors - Takeshi Hayatsu and Jim Reed.

Community Brain develops community cohesion using the widest range of the arts education and local history in order to give people and place renewed importance and pride. With years of experience in the Kingston area, Community Brain involves communities helping them deliver the projects that they want to make happen – from offering advice and support, to full project delivery. From the Surbiton Food Festival to SHEDx, their philosophy is for communities to take ownership and improve their future town. 

What we hope to achieve

Tolworth station, designed by James Rob Scott and the Southern railway design team in the late 1930’s, has fallen into disrepair and much of its character with its considered details have been lost through time. The waiting rooms on both platforms have been boarded up and are now inaccessible. Over 500,000 passenger journeys are made at the station each year. It is a miserable reminder of the lack of facilities available for regular local users of the station, and tired welcome to new visitors to the area.

Unit 5 intend to breathe new life back into these rooms by creating two new spaces which will be able to be used as a gallery, including projection, for displaying local work as well as spaces simply for waiting. The design will feature a crafted facade and bespoke furniture designed and built by the students of Unit 5 in the University's 3D workshop. While we can make the design, what we need is to find funding for the contractors to complete the work at Tolworth Station to ensure that all works are carried out to certified standards.

The project forms part of a larger project to rejuvenate the entire station so that the building becomes a place of civic pride and a destination in its own right for years to come.

Where will the money go?

The total cost of this project is £10,500.

 - £4,500 for students self-building costs including timber, polycarbonate, ironmongery, furniture, crafts materials and transport.

 - £6,000 for contractors costs plus contingencies. This includes demolition work, decoration and fabricating infrastructural and electrical works required to certify the public space.

We have secured funding of £2,000 from Community Brain and £2,500 from the Opportunities Fund at Kingston University to start the building and fabrication of the project in our workshop. The bespoke screens will also this year adorn the Seething Yatai which will form pride of place at the annual Seething festival on 3rd March before their installation.

We are now hoping to raise a further £6,000 to turn our designs and screens into a permanent feature at Tolworth Railway Station and give the Tolworth community pride in their railway station once again.


  • Pledge £1 or more – select this reward if you want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.
  • Pledge £10 or more – a social media shout out on KU Architects social media and Community Brain Twitter.
  • Pledge £20 or more – a social media shout and an invite to waiting rooms opening.
  • Pledge £50 or more – social media shout, an invite to waiting rooms opening and your name recognised at the installation.
  • Pledge £100 or more – rewards as above and a copy of project brochure. You will also be invited to other events such as the music festival in the car park of Tolworth station.

Images and video

Concept model by Rosie Cheng

Find us here

KSA website

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Hayatsu Architects website

Reed Watts Architects website

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