Imperial’s governing body has agreed plans to purchase and develop a new hall of residence in North Acton for undergraduate students. Work on the development, named W3, will begin in May 2013, and is currently scheduled for completion in summer 2015.
The new development will provide 724 additional ensuite bed spaces.
It is on the same site as the 730 unit building built for the University of the Arts student accomodation, and makes the area something of a student hot-spot.
The new accommodation in North Acton will consist of 592 single and 132 twin student bedrooms and a tutor’s flat. Plans include a student lounge and coffee shop, restaurant and bar, gymnasium, newsagent and print shop, cinema room and study centre, as well as facilities that could be used by Imperial College Union.
Simon Harding-Roots, Chief Operations Officer at Imperial College, said: “The quality and design of this development will be outstanding.”
Student feedback acquired during the development of the College’s undergraduate accommodation strategy has been used in the selection and planning of W3, including suggestions that that at least 400 bed spaces per hall are needed to constitute a community and that the provision should include self-catering clusters.
The block is next to North Acton tube station, around 10 minutes travel time from Imperial West, the new campus under construction in White City.
Jane Neary, Director of Campus Services, said: “No stone has been left unturned in the search to identify opportunities for student accommodation. Numerous other developments have 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.”
The development will be designed and constructed in partnership with Berkeley First, the specialist student accommodation division of Berkeley Group, which also worked with Imperial on the development of its halls in Battersea, Griffon Studios.