Local Authority: Ealing

Client: Imperial College

Architect: Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher

Contract Value: Confidential

Wales Farm Road

The re-development at the site of the former Perfume Factory in North Acton, marks a significant milestone in Imperial College’s investment into Ealing. Providing a state of the art halls of residence with over 600 student rooms and 85 PRS units within a series of buildings rising to 31-storeys.

The scheme will provide student accommodation, residential suites for the rental market and mixed-use commercial areas. The design approach focuses on addressing the needs of overseas students, and attempts to create a home away from home, making the space as comfortable as possible, and a joy to spend time in. Flexibility and functionality was key to the common areas, with spaces designed to bring the student community together for various events held by the college.

The student accommodation comprises 603 rooms and 736 beds, arranged in cluster units, twin units, studios, warden units and sub warden units. The student accommodation sits in two blocks including the 96m brick-clad centrepiece tower, creating an iconic identity for the site. The development also includes 85 residential units, developed as Private Rented Sector accommodation available to key workers from Imperial College.

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