The £80 million project also accommodates a new 6000m2 sixth-form college, occupying the first 3 floors of the building, as well as an 800m2health suite with swimming pool and gym. Alongside these services, the building will also provide affordable office space.
The accommodation floors include photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power technology to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. Innovative modular off-site construction techniques were used to create bathroom pods and a cladding system, for a quicker and safer construction programme.
The project included a variety of employment and training initiatives. We created a range of apprenticeships to ensure tangible benefits for the local community. At construction peak, the project employed 500 people on site.
The building is located on one of London’s busiest roads, as well as being in close proximity to a busy railway line. We carefully planned site logistics and efficiently timed our procurement processes to overcome site restrictions.
“The mix of student residential, business, education and leisure uses all on one site will provide a welcome boost to the local economy and deliver an important element of the wider regeneration of the Waterloo area.”
Johnny Manns – Managing Director, Urbanest