Plans approved for Alumno’s Rockingham Street PBSA

Alumno receives planning for Rockingham Street, a purpose-built student accommodation development in London designed by Maccreanor Lavington.

The Rockingham Street PBSA development designed by Maccreanor Lavington and developed by Alumno | PBSA News
The Rockingham Street PBSA development designed by Maccreanor Lavington and developed by Alumno.

Alumno Group has been granted planning permission for its Rockingham Street purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development, designed by architects Maccreanor Lavington.

The development is located on a challenging vacant triangle of land at the junction of Rockingham Street and Tiverton Street. It includes three adjacent railway viaduct arches in the London Borough of Southwark. Hopes are that the Brownfield constrained site will help to optimise the wider housing delivery targets in the Borough.

The Rockingham Street development will deliver up to 244 student bedrooms over 24-storeys, with two staircases and 67 sqm of commercial spaces at ground floor level. 

The single tower has been developed using high quality materials and low-level green walling, which would have a positive effect on the surrounding properties’ outlook.

The first, second and third floor levels are a larger footprint than the ground and mezzanine levels – which provide glazed brick frontages – cantilevering beyond the two base storeys on the southwest and northwest frontages.

The 19 uppermost storeys are a larger still, cantilevering beyond the base five storeys on the southern corner and along the east (Low Line) frontage.

The upper 22 storeys clad predominantly in vertically bonded red brickwork, complemented by white brickwork. Windows and doors are framed in bronze-effect metal.

“Despite the constrained site, Rockingham Street will play a part in activating the Low Line, the new walking destination running the length of the Victorian rail viaducts that span Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsay. It’s aims is to provide engaging and well-lit public space along the ground floor level – a lively alleyway reminiscent of the fascinating hidden and unexpected passages of London.”

Gerard Maccreanor, Founding Director, Maccreanor Lavington

Through their design, Maccreanor Lavington aimed to maintain the existing railway arches to provide a new passageway; a dynamic, accessible, safe, and permeable route through the site which acts as an extension of the Low Line, connecting with wider pedestrian connections and existing routes within the area.

There is also an emerging Arts Commissioning Plan to enhance the public realm and create better relations with the surrounding community.

Plans for public poetry and drawings commissions to connect local cultural history along a new section of walking route aim to engage local people and showcase new artistic talent.

“We’re delighted to have been given the go-ahead to develop this project on the corner of Southwark’s Rockingham Street and Tiverton Street, next to the railway viaduct. It will help meet the demand for student accommodation in the area, while freeing up housing for local people. We’re looking forward to working in the borough again to provide a building of the highest quality.”

David Campbell, Managing Director, Alumno

The passageway is formed on one side by the Rockingham Street development, fronted by student entrance areas, communal spaces and kiosk spaces, and on the other by reinvigorated existing railway arches housing another kiosk, bicycle storage and ancillary spaces.

Earlier in the year, Alumno topped out at their Leeds-based Terry Frost PBSA scheme with GMI and Heitman.