Downing starts work on two mixed-use student schemes in the London Borough of Lambeth

Developer Downing has started work on site at two major mixed-use student development schemes in Lambeth, south London.

The company is currently delivering a 37-storey student tower and a six-storey commercial office scheme in Vauxhall.

The £250 million development on Miles Street, off South Lambeth Road, will create 841 student beds including a range of studios and en-suite rooms with a choice of five, six or seven bedroom cluster units. The scheme will also incorporate a ground-floor café.

A second building features 38,567 sq. ft of open-plan, commercial office space with a publicly accessible multi-use games area on the roof. The main entrance will be positioned inside a central courtyard and the building has its own external amenity space.

Elsewhere in Lambeth, Downing is delivering a £35m student accommodation scheme in the heart of the historic Lambeth Palace Conservation Area in Zone 1. The new high-quality, sustainable studio scheme will provide accommodation for 133 students.  The building will also include 12,000 sq. ft. of new commercial space that will become the new headquarters for a Lambeth based charity.

The project will back onto Archbishop’s Park, overlooks the Houses of Parliament and is located close to London’s leading higher education institutions. The scheme features accessible rooms and students will also have the benefit of an outdoor terrace.

Lambeth Council granted planning permission for both mixed-use schemes, which support the council’s wider vision to provide a modern, world-class living space for students and to provide new commercial office space, thereby reinvigorating the surrounding neighbourhoods.

“These two schemes will provide highly sought-after, quality student accommodation that will complement the existing Lambeth landscape. Both projects will create stunning buildings that sit harmoniously within Lambeth Council’s wider vision to reinvigorate the local area and its student community.

“Downing is well-versed in delivering landmark student schemes across London and we’re looking forward to progressing with work on site at both developments.”

Ian Harrison

Development Project Director at Downing

The business is on site delivering major schemes across the capital, including a £37m mixed-use student accommodation development at Holbrook House, situated adjacent to the North Acton underground station on the Central Line. The landmark 24 storey building features 497 student bedrooms, arranged in mixed cluster of bedrooms, studios and three-bedroom apartments.

Downing was also behind the neighbouring Atlas project at 30-60 South Lambeth Road, which completed in 2018. The £160 million scheme is an iconic 32 storey, purpose-built student development of 578 bedrooms in the heart of Vauxhall and Nine Elms in Zone 1.