£55m student scheme unveiled for London’s Hackney Wick


Developer Southern Grove Group has unveiled plans for a £55m mixed-use student accommodation scheme for London’s Hackney Wick

The Broadwood Piano Works will create over 200 bedrooms on Fish Island with co-working facilities, a gym and space for pop-ups and creative workshops.

Southern Grove’s joint venture sister company, the PBSA specialist Future Generation, is already responsible for The Vogue, a 330-bed mixed-use student scheme which sits on the adjacent site. The Broadwood Piano Works will be built as a second phase and will complement The Vogue.

The student accommodation in Hackney Wick has been designed by architects Henley Halebrown. It will incorporate 2,500 sqm of commercial space and retain the heritage chimney and boiler house that formed part of the John Broadwood & Sons piano factory, which earlier occupied the site.

Planning permission will be sought from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

‘Creating a cosmopolitan and diverse community’

Tom Slingsby, CEO of Southern Grove Group, commented: “Hackney Wick is one of the most rapidly regenerating areas of London, and The Vogue and The Broadwood Piano Works are very much going to be a part of that.

“The first and second phases will come together to create one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse communities of students in the capital, a melting pot of different disciplines and interests.

“The two schemes will provide a mix of uses to an area that represents one of the most vibrant growth opportunities in London, and one which will continue to attract high levels of investment like our own.

“We’ve enjoyed working closely with the LLDC. The phenomenal pace of the wider development that will take place in Hackney Wick over the next few years will also deliver residents and visitors fantastic opportunities.

“The whole area is being gradually transformed into one of the capital’s key destination districts through positive planning and superb architecture.”


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