Downing submits plans for a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in North Acton. The west London scheme will replace the existing Holiday Inn Express, which currently occupies the site on Victoria Road, adjacent to North Acton Tube station.
The proposed 2,235 sqm North Acton development includes two towers. Downing proposes to develop a 35 storey PBSA building, to deliver 699 student rooms – a mix of one-bedroom studios-, two, three- four-, five-, and six- bedroom apartments.
Amenities at the proposed PBSA development include a gym, social spaces, generous cycle storage and ground floor commercial units. External amenities include landscaped and hardscaped areas to the north and south along with the podium courtyard area and external roof terraces.
The PBSA development will have a rainscreen façade system comprising a mixture of solid anodised aluminium, perforated anodised aluminium and clear glazed panels.
“Our proposals, if approved, will see us deliver our third PBSA development in the area. We pride ourselves on helping to transform places by creating high quality spaces that enhance the local community and bring together the neighbourhood.”Paul Houghton, Director, Downing
The second smaller tower at 17 storeys will house Build to Rent homes including 35% affordable homes.
With sustainable features included throughout the development, the two proposed towers have been designed to a BREEAM Excellent standard. Both buildings will be linked by a unified four-storey podium.
“Having previously delivered other successful schemes in the area including The Lyra and The Holbrook, both in North Acton, Downing has established a long-standing relationship with OPDC and Ealing Planning authorities.
“We are proud of the part we have played in working with the council to shape North Acton to become the place it is today.”Paul Houghton, Director, Downing