Project owner Southwark Housing hired Sellar as the development manager to move on with the student housing project at the Harper Road and Borough High Street sites. The replacement plan, which will be stretched over an H-shaped footprint building rising from 5 to 11 stories, was created by architect Morris and Co. Through green power, the building will be entirely electric and perhaps carbon-free.
As a minimum ambition for the development, which is now on course to be BREEAM Exceptional, Sellar is also aiming for BREEAM Excellent. In addition, 1,850 square metres of flexible office and retail space will be provided by King’s Place, featuring a corner café on Borough High Street and a brand-new pocket park on Harper Road. The one-acre land is prominent in front of Borough High Street and Newington Causeway.
The chief executive of Sellar, James Sellar, stated that King’s Place “is reinventing student housing design in London. The design focuses on students’ health, well-being, and comfort to create exceptional student housing; rooms are large and well-lit, with plenty of indoor and external amenity spaces. This makes the site the ideal place for student living and its accessibility to central London. The project further strengthens our long-standing reputation for collaborating with Southwark and providing beneficial contributions through regenerative initiatives by adding King’s Place to our list of productive endeavours, including Shard Quarter and Bermondsey Yards.
Contract Journal reports that the client team comprises Walsh, a structural and civil engineer, M&E engineers Skelly & Couch, and project leader and cost consultant Gardiner & Theobald.