4 July 2021

Planning approved West Hampstead Student Housing!

Our student housing roof extension and facade refurbishment scheme providing 41 new student rooms and re-cladding the existing building was approved by Hampstead Planning Committee earlier this summer!

The existing building suffers from an overly complicated palate of materials, a lack of articulation at roof level, and an unconvincing design that the LPA was keen for Tigg + Coll Architects to resolve for the whole development.

Roof extensions have been added to better express how the upper façade sections end, and to provide additional student accommodation. The solution required two differing approaches to the different architectural elements on the site. To resolve the problem of terminating the top of the red brick façade, the vertical elements have been extended upwards to create the impression of a double-height floor, differentiating this from the rest of the façade. This was then continued in iterative form throughout the main façade treatment. In contrast, the proposal for the dark section called for a "domestic" response above the existing building, giving the impression of a dormer roof.