In Brief


Vauxhall, London 

Masterplan value:

August 2018

We have worked with developer Downing to regenerate a formerly vacant plot of brownfield land in the heart of Vauxhall, central London. The scheme delivers an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable building that provides benefits to the local community and economy and adds a striking piece of architecture to the rapidly changing townscape of the area.

Our scheme provides 570 units of high-quality en-suite student accommodation, common facilities and landscaped terraces above a public pool and leisure facility set over 32 storeys.

Design Approach
Creating a community and promoting social interaction is integral to our approach to student accommodation.

The triangular shape of the building facilitates this by arranging each cluster bedroom around a communal lounge and a dual-aspect corner kitchen.

Two shared roof terraces, on the 4th and 31st floor, provide welcome outdoor space in the building’s compact urban environment, with panoramic views of London. Notable landmarks include Vauxhall Park, the cluster of tall buildings around the new American Embassy and Canary Wharf in the distance.

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Wedged between a busy railway line to Waterloo and South Lambeth Road, the shape of the plot and its orientation towards the surrounding conservation areas and Vauxhall Park strongly influenced the shape and massing of the design. The student accommodation clusters are arranged around a single central core into an equilateral triangle that rises above a four storey plinth. This arrangement creates an efficient floorplan that reduces in size on the upper floors to create distinct setbacks in the building’s silhouette corresponding to views and sightlines to and from the Vauxhall Conservation Area.

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UK Pool and Spa Awards, Water Leisure Venue of the Year, Gold Standard

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"The scheme represents a significant investment in the area... through the in excess of £1.5 million of contributions that will benefit the local area. The proposals will redevelop a Brownfield site and provide a major boost to local businesses"
Paul Houghton, Development Director, Downing

The building is clad with a mix of differing height modules of glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles of light shades with warm, earthy tones. The tiles refer back to the manufacturing heritage of the north Lambeth area as the location of the Doulton stoneware and ceramics factory.

Reduced massing and lighter shades in the cladding material articulate the top of the building.

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George Downing Construction
Structural and Civil Engineer:
Walsh Group
M&E Engineer:
Hoare Lea / HE Simms
Facade Engineer:
Fire Engineer:
Omega Fire
Landscape Architects: 
Landscape Projects
Quantity Surveyor:
Planning Consultants:
Rolfe Judd Planning
Acoustic Engineer: AEC
Heritage and Townscape Consultant:
Hufton and Crow

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