This scheme of 1,200 bed spaces in flats and maisonettes made Westfield Student Village the largest campus in London. The development provided two new public frontages for the University: one onto the Grand Union/Regent’s Canal alongside Mile End Park, the other against the railway track into Liverpool Street Station.
The design creates a series of spaces with distinct characters and levels of privacy. The long 8 storey building next to the railway protects the site from noise and aligns with a new college lawn opening onto the canal at its east end. The lower building with a café and bar at its base sits between the new pedestrian street and the canal, and is perforated to create views across to the park.
Half the accommodation is arranged in four storey brick buildings which line the west of the street, and form three private spaces: two U shaped courts, and one introverted wooded courtyard.