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Alumno student residence on Alscot Road in Bermondsey
25 November 2021
Alumno celebrates topping out of Bermondsey student residence
Architects: Greenaway Architecture
Location: Bermondsey, Southwark, South East London, England, UK
Alumno Student Residence Bermondsey
Stakeholders gather on site to mark the completion of the main structure of a building project that will be home to 143 students, while also delivering a number of local community benefits.
A landmark stage was reached recently in the construction of student accommodation on Alscot Road in Bermondsey, celebrated in style by a topping out ceremony attended by developer Alumno, a range of stakeholders and the core design team. These included Greenaway Architects, project funder Barings and the headteacher of local Kintore Way Nursery School and Children’s Centre, for which Alumno is aiming to help refurbish the external playground and develop an archive project to mark its long and fascinating history dating back to before the Second World War.
Alumno’s fourth development in Southwark will deliver fully integrated facilities for 143 students, including high-quality rooms with shared amenities, such as a basement cinema lounge, study room and community area. It will follow the aims of Alumno’s previous projects in delivering key local community benefits.
Pictured: The people behind the project at the topping out ceremony, including Alumno MD David Campbell (second from right), HG Construction MD Conor Rice (centre), and members of the Greenaway Architects team:
Speaking at the topping out event, Alumno Managing Director David Campbell said: “We are delighted to have reached this landmark stage on schedule, and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard in the current difficult circumstances, in particular Greenaway Architects for the building’s stunning design, praised by Southwark Council, our construction partners HG Construction, and funders Barings.
“The development will not only provide much needed high-quality accommodation for the area’s student population but will also contribute to the vibrancy of this diverse neighbourhood and make a valuable contribution to the local community in line with our ethos of always giving something back.”
Commenting on the project, which is due for completion for the start of the 2022 academic year, HG Construction Managing Director Conor Rice said: “It’s always a special feeling when we reach this stage, and this is all the more satisfying during these tough times, and also due to the benefits we know this development will bring to Bermondsey as a whole.”
Rory Allan, Managing Director of Real Estate Fund Management at Barings, added: “We are pleased to celebrate this important milestone in the development of what will be a high-quality student accommodation. Barings has a strong conviction in the structural drivers behind investing in student housing in major undersupplied university markets and is committed to delivering projects that positively impact local environments and communities.”
Previously on e-architect:
9 Mar 2020
Alumno New Alscot Road student residence in Bermondsey
Design: Greenaway Architecture
Location: Bermondsey, Southwark, South London, South East England, UK
Alumno’s Bermondsey student residence gets green light from Southwark
Nursery school project and wayfinding system to aid the visually impaired will be key community benefits of the new Alscot Road development.
Following detailed negotiations with the London Borough of Southwark, student accommodation specialist Alumno has been granted planning permission for the construction of a new residence on Alscot Road in Bermondsey. This is Alumno’s fourth development in Southwark, providing with fully integrated facilities for 143 students, including high-quality rooms with shared amenities, such as a basement cinema lounge, study room and community area.
Alscot Road will follow the aims of Alumno’s previous projects in delivering key local community benefits and ensuring place making objectives are met. Working closely with the local Kintore Way Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Alumno has committed to funding an archive project documenting the nursery’s long and fascinating history, which dates back to before the Second World War. The current unusable playground will also be refurbished to provide facilities for disabled children.
“I’m thrilled that Alumno was successful,” said the nursery’s Executive Headteacher in a letter of support for the project. “I’m really looking forward to working in partnership with an organisation that’s so committed to making a positive impact on the local area, and particularly to the children at Kintore Way and across Southwark.”
Alumno is also collaborating with local science researcher Danny Ball on a pioneering and innovative wayfinding technology to meet the growing challenge people face in navigating their way through the modern built environment, particularly those who are visually impaired and hard of sight. Working with Alumno, Ball has developed a brief and technological tools to establish a network of monitors and signal links to create a Bluetooth-driven wayfinding system. This will be accessible to all local residents and visitors to the area via a smartphone app.
During the consultation process, Alscot Road’s striking design, developed with regular Alumno partner Greenaway Architecture, was singled out for particular praise by Southwark council.
Commenting on gaining planning permission for the new student residence, Alumno Managing Director David Campbell said: “We are delighted to get the go ahead to build Alscot Road and to be working in Southwark again, and thank the council for approving this fantastic project. The development will not only provide much needed high-quality accommodation for the area’s student population, but will also contribute to the vibrancy of this diverse neighbourhood and make a valuable contribution to the local community in line with our ethos of always giving something back.”
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