Regal London submits PBSA vision for Chalk Farm Road

Currently occupied by vacant offices, Regal London acquired the sites at 100 and 100a Chalk Farm Road in 2022.

Regal London has submitted plans to develop its Chalk Farm Road scheme in Camden | PBSA News
Regal London has submitted plans to develop its Chalk Farm Road scheme in Camden.

Developer Regal London has submitted planning for the redevelopment of 100 Chalk Farm Road into a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Camden, London. Construction on site is likely to commence in 2025.

The site of the proposed development is approximately 0.75 acres and sits adjacent to the Grade II-listed Roundhouse, a renowned live performance venue.

The PBSA development will comprise four new blocks varying in height from six to 12 storeys, housing 265 student bedrooms, 24 affordable homes, and nearly 9,000 sq ft ground floor commercial space, alongside a significant new public realm along Chalk Farm Road after receiving feedback from the extensive public consultation.

To address this, the buildings will be set back from the pavement, creating more footpath space for pedestrians and improving crowd management for the Roundhouse.

“People often use the word ‘iconic’ to describe new projects, but this one truly is. We are turning a derelict office block, a renowned local eyesore, into an active student hub next to the Roundhouse. We have developed multiple buildings in London over the last 26 years and now have 4,000 student beds in our pipeline; we look forward to continuing to build on our successes.”

Simon De Friend, Co-Founder, Regal London

Committed to achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating whilst targeting BREEAM Outstanding, it is set to be one of the first PBSA projects in the UK to be accredited WELL Platinum. 

Designed in collaboration with DSDHA, the proposed buildings include four drum-shaped elements, featuring a striking facade adorned with horizontal bands and fluted panels, paying homage to the historical context of the area.

“Our design response is intended to respect both the heritage and the context of the neighbouring Roundhouse, whilst drawing inspiration from the prevailing industrial character of the Regent’s Canal conservation area. We’re excited to be able to provide high-quality affordable housing as part of the mixed-use scheme in such a vibrant part of London, as well as having the opportunity to improve the local streetscape through the creation and enhancement of public spaces along Chalk Farm Road.”

Deborah Saunt, Founding Director, DSDHA

Planning submission follows Regal London’s recent successes in December 2023 in which two distinctive PBSA projects were approved, bringing forward a total of 1,580 student beds and 200 on site affordable homes alongside new community space, public realm, and infrastructure improvements in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Brent.