Alumno and Hurlington secure planning for Marshgate Lane PBSA

Situated close to the Olympic Park, Alumno and Hurlington Capital have successfully secured planning to develop Marshgate Lane PBSA.

Alumno and Hurlington Capital's new PBSA development will be situated at 14 Marshgate Lane in Stratford, nearby the Olympic Park | PBSA News
Alumno and Hurlington Capital's new PBSA development will be situated at 14 Marshgate Lane in Stratford, nearby the Olympic Park.

Purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) specialist Alumno and partner Hurlington Capital, an investor and developer have announced that approval has been granted for a new development on Marshgate Lane in Stratford, east London.

The proposed scheme sits nearby the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which hosted the capital’s highly successful 2012 Olympics Games, with planning permission for the development being granted on 27 February 2024. Planning consultants Knight Frank supported the submission, playing a key role in securing approval.

“We’re delighted to have gained approval for another new Alumno development, which will help close London’s student accommodation gap, free up local community housing and provide welcome rejuvenation and an economic boost to the area.”

David Campbell, Managing Director, Alumno

The decision follows detailed consultation with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the body set up post 2012 Olympics to develop a dynamic new heart for east London, tasked with creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth. 

Adjoining the future new Pudding Mill Lane Masterplan currently being developed by LLDC, the joint venture project between Alumno and Hurlington Capital will be built adjacent to the Docklands Light Railway station of the same name. 

“The successful outcome at Marshgate Lane marks the fourth PBSA scheme in Hurlington’s London pipeline demonstrating our continued commitment to investment in the sector. We look forward to delivering this fantastic project alongside our partners at Alumno.”

Harry de Lotbiniere, Managing Director, Hurlington Capital

Designed by award-winning London architects Henley Halebrown, the scheme will house 316 students. 35% of rooms will be designated as affordable as defined through the London Plan.

The Marshgate Lane scheme will include several amenities including lounges, study spaces, cinema room, private dining area, gym, games room, external courtyard spaces and four individual roof terraces.

“This is an important project for the practice, particularly in light of the wellbeing of young people and the role that architecture and their environment can play in this.

“On an urban level, the scheme forms a key piece of the emerging Pudding Mill Lane development, establishing a new street that connects Marshgate Lane with the City Mill River. This street will be characterised by a lively ground floor populated with artists’ studios and social space for students, encouraging communities to mix and rooting the building in its surroundings.”

Jack Hawthorne, Associate, Henley Halebrown

University College London (UCL) has expressed interest in a nomination’s agreement, with the site being just a ten-minute walk from its new East Campus. This would enable UCL to propose a minimum number of students for the new PBSA scheme each year for an agreed period. 

In line with Alumno’s commitment to each of its developments benefitting the local community, the adjacent canal towpath will be upgraded, and several affordable artist workspaces are proposed for the ground floor. This initiative will be run in partnership with London’s leading visual arts organisation SPACE Studios, which supports artists by providing creative workspace, advocacy and professional development. 

“We worked hard with officers in a positive and constructive way to make sure that we achieved the design standards expected by the LLDC and our university partner, while also ensuring a very constrained site is deliverable. The site represents the missing piece of the Pudding Mill Lane puzzle, and its delivery will play a key role in the continued regeneration of the area.”

Chris Benham, Partner, Knight Frank