They are currently piling, and restoring the trackside elevation of the retained original ‘Palais De Danse’ brick wall which spans the entire Western elevation of the site. During September the tower crane and site accommodation will be installed.
The £26 million contract will produce a mixed-use development (pictured left) including a new student accommodation facility for Pure Student Living, a joint venture between the Carlyle Group and Generation Estates.
The job is due for completion in September 2013 in preparation for the 2013 -14 academic year.
The Palais will be replaced by three blocks of between four and nine storeys providing accommodation for 418 students, while the ground floor and basement levels of the building will create 23,000 sq ft of leisure space, to be used by the local community.
The new building, which has been designed by Make Architects, will include a number of key sustainable elements. The rooftops of the three blocks will be planted with vegetation, providing an attractive sustainable ‘brown roof’.
Peter Jacobs, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s London office, says: “We’re delighted to be part of the project team giving this key site in London a new lease of life in a contemporary, sustainable development.
“The historic wall which runs the length of the site and contains the building’s iconic artwork is part of the city’s heritage and will remain in place to commemorate the cultural significance of the Palais. This will also provide a great reminder of the exciting events that have taken place at this site over the years.”