ISH partners with HG Living to deliver new scheme

In a landmark collaboration with HG Living, International Students House (ISH) will develop a new milestone scheme in Vauxhall, London.

International Students House and HG Living have partnered to deliver a new scheme on Kennington Lane in Vauxhall | PBSA News
International Students House and HG Living have partnered to deliver a new scheme on Kennington Lane in Vauxhall.

Charitable organisation and student accommodation centre ISH announces that it is set to develop a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in partnership with property development specialist HG Living at Kennington Lane in Vauxhall.

Since 1965, ISH has aimed to provide affordable homes and a safe community for students from around the globe. The Kennington scheme marks a significant milestone for ISH as its first brand new building in its 58-year history.

“After many years of searching for a suitable building to expand the delivery of our mission of supporting university students in London, this acquisition marks a significant milestone for the House. It is the beginning of an exciting journey in a new location, where we look forward to fully integrating and engaging with the local community.”

Martin Chalker, CEO, ISH

Sat on land that was purchased by the charity earlier this year, the new energy-efficient development has been designed to achieve a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ rating.

Encompassing 185 student beds, the Kennington Lane scheme will include residential amenities, such as communal kitchens and living areas, laundry room, indoor cycle parking, and electric bike charging points. The ground floor will incorporate a café open to the local community, alongside back-of-office space for ISH staff to help manage and operate the building.

“We are delighted to be partnering with ISH to help them deliver on their mission to help young people from all backgrounds to achieve their academic goals. The new Kennington development will provide students with a very high standard of accommodation along with beautifully designed shared spaces that will enable them to connect with their fellow students and feel at home.  Importantly, the scheme will be much more than simply a building, it will provide a safe space and a supportive network to enable students to thrive and succeed. With HG Construction as the main contractor on the scheme, we can provide ISH with a seamless end-to-end service, managing both the construction and development risk. We have already established a great working relationship with the team at ISH and we will work closely with them on a stakeholder engagement programme to ensure that the benefits of the scheme are well understood and that any local concerns are addressed. Opportunities to positively contribute to the local community will be prioritised throughout the development of the scheme.”

Craig McPhail, Director, HG Living

Situated a short walk away from the Vauxhall tube, bus, and railway station, and close to The Oval Cricket Ground, a large supermarket and a gym are within walking distance from the development, with Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Kennington Park also nearby.

“This is the most exciting development for ISH in a generation. It represents a real leap forward for us all and a new chapter in the ISH story.”

Lord Nicholas Bourne, Chair, ISH’s Board of Trustees

ISH and HG Living will partner with HG Construction as the main contractor on the scheme. Construction is due to start in early 2024, with the Kennington development expected to complete in summer 2026.