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Located in the Mayor of London’s Old Oak & Park Royal Opportunity Area, this new building will reach 24 storeys and deliver improved pedestrian access to North Acton station. Its 424 student residential bedrooms are arranged in a mixture of clusters of bedrooms and studio rooms. Student facilities such as gym, common room and games area are provided. Landscaped roof terraces will allow students to relax and enjoy their temporary home. Retail space is provided at ground level adjacent to the London underground station entrance.

Through the scheme’s design, we contribute to the emerging context of the wider Opportunity Area, which will see thousands of new homes and jobs created over the next 30 years, and also to the site’s immediate surroundings. With its form broken into three elements, two extruded forms are linked together by a slender block. The development will rise in scale from west to east, creating a marker for the Opportunity Area when viewed from a number of key approach routes.

To complement and reinforce the scheme’s massing and form, we propose using three materials individually on each of the three blocks. The proposed materials have been chosen to compliment one another and to provide a functionally robust façade. The lower block is clad in a natural terracotta tile. A cruciform pattern is applied over the façade expressing the internal functionality.

The linking element is proposed to be clad in a bright reflective metal panel. The taller part of the proposal is proposed to be clad in a glass rainscreen system.

Based around dark blue grey to light blue white colours the proposed palette is designed to compliment its surroundings but also act as a standalone marker for the junction of Victoria Road and Wales Farm Road.

Project information

  • Client


  • Status

    On site

  • Area

    12,400 sq m

  • Start

    January 2014

  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Contractor: George Downing Construction
    Interiors: KKA Interiors
    Structural Engineer: Walsh Group
    M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea
    Planning Consultant: Rolf Judd

  • Elements

    497 student bedrooms
    Landscaped roof terraces
    Retail space