Construction starts at Unite Students’ Hawthorne House PBSA

Unite Students has started construction on Hawthorne House - a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Stratford, London.

Hawthorne House in Stratford, which Unite Students has began construction works on | Unite Students | RG Group | PBSA News
Hawthorne House in Stratford, which Unite Students has began construction works on.

Student accommodation provider Unite Students has started construction on its new £185m 719-bed PBSA scheme in Stratford, London – which is home to over 300,000 students. Situated in Farthingale Walk, Stratford, the new scheme is replacing the former office block Jubilee House, which has now been demolished.

Unite Students acquired the Farthingale Walk site earlier this year for £73m and awarded RG Group the build contract. Hawthorne House will open in time for the 2026/27 academic year.

The 36-storey development also includes the London Academy of Excellence – a 65,000 sq ft sixth-form academy that spans over eight floors. It will be in place for an initial 35-year term.

“Hawthorne House will offer high quality bedrooms, social and study areas, and will be home to a sixth form academy. It shows Unite Students’ commitment to deliver high quality student accommodation using sustainable methods. We look forward to furthering our relationship with both University of the Arts London and the London Academy of Excellence.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students

Unite Students is ensuring that the design of the building optimises the materials being used in its construction to give better energy efficiency, such as maximising air tightness and solar gain – known as a ‘fabric first’ approach.

Hawthorne House’s embodied carbon saving is 9,770 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) over 60 years, which exceeds the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2030 Climate Challenge baseline. These are voluntary performance targets for operational energy use, water use and embodied carbon. 

“Unite Students is leading the PBSA sector in London and Hawthorne House will be a unique offering in the capital. Our rental offer remains very competitive when compared to alternative forms of student accommodation and we are confident our fixed-price, all-inclusive rent provides real value-for-money for our customers.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students

Unite Students is an owner, manager, and developer of PBSA serving the country’s world-leading higher education sector. The company provides homes to 70,000 students across 157 properties in 23 leading university towns and cities. Unite Students currently partner with over 60 universities across the UK.