Working with client Dominus for Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), architects Howells have submitted planning for Channelsea Stratford, a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in London.
Situated on Stratford High Street, Channelsea Stratford is a crafted tower that is set to provide high-quality student homes alongside a new community pub, affordable workspace, and a new public square connected to the rich biodiversity of the newly opened Channelsea River.
The design of the scheme takes a slender ‘teardrop’ form, with elegant and distinct curves. A deep-crafted precast façade in a bold red tone with delicate light metalwork references the architecture of the local historic context.
“We’re excited to share how this scheme harnesses great quality public benefits, alongside high-quality PBSA rooms and student amenities. Situated on a constrained site, the tear-drop plan creates a beautiful and crafted building form for this location. We believe the project represents the best in modern student accommodation and provides a robust, equitable, low-carbon design—one that confidently contributes to the fabric of Stratford.”Alan McCartney, Partner, Howells
The project will offer a host of public benefits in the form of The Channelsea, a not-for-profit community corner pub to be operated by Made-Up-Collective. Channelsea Studios will offer 100% affordable workspaces for local businesses, and Channelsea Terrace will provide a pocket park that will enhance the local area, provide green spaces to the high street, and provides a place for the public to view and enjoy the Channelsea River for the first time in decades.
There will be new public realm surrounding the community pub and ties together several key approaches, bringing communities – including the Carpenter Estate – to enjoy the greenery amongst the urban backdrop. Commissioned public artwork will be provided above the pub and integrated into the building’s façade.
“Working with Dominus and Howells, the proposed scheme will open the doors of opportunity for our students locally and internationally, as well as invest in the economy of East London. Proposals have undergone an extensive pre-application review process, alongside public consultation, all of which has positively contributed to the submitted scheme.”John Iveson, Director of Campus & Commercial Services, QMUL
Amenities at Channelsea Stratford include a ground-floor riverside terrace with views onto the river, a wellness hub, and supporting social spaces located centrally within the tower which open onto a private garden terrace.
The scheme has been designed to reflect Dominus and Howells’ sustainability commitments, with off-site manufacturing significantly reducing embodied carbon, and a lean use of materials. The project aims to meet the GLA’s aspirational levels of carbon reduction and targets BREEAM Excellent credentials.