The development encompasses a multi-storey student accommodation building spanning across 14 floors facing Vine Street. It also compromises the following elements:
Beneath the building footprint is a two-level basement that occupies the entire site. The basement accommodates incubator office space, bin stores, bike stores, plant, a café and an exhibition space for The Museum of London’s historic Roman Wall remains.
As Urbanest’s preferred construction partner, we were involved from the beginning of the design phase of this student accommodation development. Through early contractor involvement, we were able to optimise the design and costs, comply with regulations and minimise rework and delays. By facilitating effective communication among all project stakeholders, we are able to deliver the customer's vision successfully
Modular and prefabricated construction methods were employed to expedite the project timeline. Student accommodation floors feature 504 bathrooms, meticulously designed as prefabricated pods to optimise room layouts and promote design standardisation. Other advantages of using modern methods of construction include:
The building's façade design incorporates solar shading, reducing cooling loads and improving occupant comfort. As part of the build, blinds are provided in all tenanted spaces, further enhancing energy efficiency. By including planted roof areas, biodiversity was enhanced and rainwater runoff was minimised. In addition, a solar photovoltaic system was installed to convert solar energy into electricity on the roof, facilitating renewable energy generation.
With extensive cycling facilities, including parking and a shared cycle maintenance station, the building supports and encourages sustainable transportation options. By embracing sustainability initiatives, we showcase responsible construction practices contributing to a greener and more sustainable urban environment.
Throughout the project, our team actively engaged in numerous community initiatives and events. A pivotal aspect of our commitment to social value was the establishment of a strong partnership with Aldgate Primary School. By collaborating closely with the school, we provided them with valuable support in various impactful ways, including: