The scheme, located in the London Borough of Southwark, will provide accommodation for 717 students across 4 newly constructed blocks ranging from four to five stories and refurbishment of a 19th century Grade II listed mansion known as ‘Platanes’, replacing existing accommodation that is considered of inappropriate standard to satisfy current needs.
The buildings are organised to form three distinct courtyard spaces, each with their own character and identity. The accommodation is provided as en-suite study bedrooms in a cluster flat format with students sharing common kitchen, dining and living spaces. Additional communal areas are provided within the ground floor of ‘Platanes’.
Each new build block will be constructed using a prefabricated panelised timber frame system that will be highly insulated and provide a high level of air tightness. The project aims to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and will be used by the University as its BIM (Building Information Modelling) template. Planning permission was granted in January 2011 with construction due to commence in early 2013.