Developer Regal London has received double planning approval for two purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) developments – Devonshire Place and Wembley Greenway – both bringing forward a total of 1,580 student beds and 200 on-site affordable homes that will contribute over 40% affordable housing.
Regal London, supported by funding partners UMTB, submitted plans for Devonshire Place, located at 747-759 and 765-775 Old Kent Road in Southwark, conveniently located opposite the Bakerloo Line station.
The comprehensive proposal includes provisions for a new convenience food store and GP surgery, along with transport infrastructure upgrades to enhance links with surrounding areas. The scheme will also see the delivery of new community space, public realm, and infrastructure improvements in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Brent.
Following extensive public consultation, Regal London’s plans for Devonshire Place aims to create a mixed and balanced community through innovative architecture, a community hub and café, open spaces and quality public realm.
Creating opportunities for significant large-scale investment, creating sustainable economic growth, supporting the local community, and fostering growth anticipated by the Bakerloo Line Extension, Shaw Corporation coordinated the planning process and acted as development manager for the project.
“Whilst others may sit on their hands and wait for circumstances around them to change, we have taken the opportunity to bring our PBSA portfolio into the spotlight. With 25 years of experience of residential development behind us, our student projects, with 4,000 beds in the current pipeline, will reflect the continuing quality and design excellence with which we have built our reputation. With the available capacity representing only 25% of the student housing requirement, we are looking forward to playing our part in helping to meet London’s urgent student demand.”Simon De Friend and Paul Eden, Co-Founders, Regal London
In Brent, Regal London has been granted planning permission for 639 student beds at Wembley Greenway, situated to the rear of 390-406 High Road. Previously, Regal London gained permission for 359 beds on the adjacent site – the two sites have been brought together, bringing the total to 998-beds.
In partnership with Secure Trust Bank, the developer is not only introducing a cutting-edge PBSA development but also opening the railway lands parallel to High Road, Wembley, creating a newfound space for both students and the local community. The Wembley Greenway project is set to deliver a total of 639 student beds, featuring a diverse array of bedroom typologies, including 10% designated as accessible rooms.
A car-free design emphasises sustainability, with the development incorporating new public realm areas enriched with greenery, seating, and play spaces accessible to all. Additionally, the project includes a community studio space available for rent.
Both Devonshire Place and Wembley Greenway will be BREEAM Excellent and will seek to be amongst the first PBSA projects in the UK to be WELL Platinum certified. Construction on both PBSA schemes will start this year.