Date posted: July 19, 2023
We are extremely proud to follow our success with awards in the education sector, with another potential award for our recently completed student accommodation scheme: Hayloft Point, which has been shortlisted for ‘Best development – 500+ homes’ in the Inside Housing Development Awards 2023.
Hayloft Point is a mixed-use scheme for student housing provider Unite Students, a repeat client. This 920-bed student residence is in the `City Fringe’, a transitional area where Aldgate meets the city of London. The design has a vibrant part double-height ground floor which includes student spaces, commercial offices, and incubator units for start-up businesses. During site investigations, the remains of a late 16th-century playhouse were found.
The design team took steps to preserve the archaeology under the building and created a flexible community space on the ground floor which can be used as a performance and exhibition space to promote the site’s history. The design team has worked closely with Unite and Tower Hamlets Borough Council to ensure the best outcome for this strategically important site. Planning permission was achieved in June 2019 and the first students moved in, September 2022.