Plans approved for student accommodation scheme in west London
Dominvs Group has been given the green light to develop a 713-bed student accommodation scheme in west London, specifically on the site of the former magistrates’ court in Hammersmith. The development, designed by architect Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners, will, when completed, provide student accommodation adjacent to the Imperial College London campus, which supports the development.
The wards will be built near the 400-bed Premier Inn under development. The majority of student rooms will be taken by Imperial College London, and 359 will be offered at affordable rents set by the Mayor of London. Inside the 21,400 sq ft student accommodation scheme in west London, there will be a gym, study and seminar space, as well as 553 bike storage, an outdoor courtyard and a garden with event space.
Concerns raised about the project and response from Fulham Council
Six people have written to Hammersmith and Fulham Council expressing their opposition to the scheme. Some neighbors said the structure was poorly planned and the views would infringe on their privacy. Others have complained that the structure does not fit in with the rest of the neighborhood and will reduce the amount of accessible natural light.
However, according to a report by the council’s planning department, the impact of the proposed development on adjacent occupants is considered acceptable. The report further explained that there would be no significant worsening of noise/disturbance and overhang, no unacceptable loss of sunlight or daylight or outlook that could unduly impair the amenities of the neighbors. In this respect, the development would respect the principles of good neighbourliness.
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Previous plans for the student accommodation scheme at the West London site
Dominvs had previously been given permission to develop two hotels on the site in 2020, but due to financial worries they decided to build a block of lobbies instead. “The evolution of the hotel development finance market for franchised hotels has forced Dominvs to explore other options,” according to a planning report.
He adds: “Dominvs conducted a thorough review of the different land uses, including office and healthcare use for example, and this revealed that purpose-built student accommodation is both an appropriate use and the most deliverable on this site, with both the operator and interest from higher education institutions (including Imperial College London) to drive development forward.