Start date for ICL's North Acton tower

Wed 27 February 2013, 7:55 pm

Imperial College London has said work on its new 724-bed hall of residence in North Acton will start in May.

The Victoria Road development - named W3 - will be developed with Berkeley First, with completion scheduled for summer 2015. Ealing Council granted planning permission for a 19-storey block at the site last year.

Imperial College said the development's accommodation would be made up of 592 single rooms, 132 twins, and a tutor’s flat. There will also be a student lounge, coffee shop, restaurant, bar, gymnasium, cinema and study room.

The centre - understood to be worth £60 million - could also include facilities for use by Imperial College Union.

University chief operations officer Simon Harding-Roots said the quality and design of the development would be “outstanding”.

“It presents a great opportunity to provide a large portion of the college’s accommodation requirement, delivering excellent value for money and affordable rents for our students,” he said.

Jane Neary, the college’s director of campus services, said numerous other developments had been considered, including projects in Fulham, Hammersmith and Ealing.

“These were rejected however because they were either too expensive, too far from Imperial campuses or they couldn’t achieve the critical mass to create a vibrant student community of at least 400 bed spaces in one location,” she said.

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