Construction starts on 719-bed PBSA development

Unite Students has begun the construction phase of its new £185m property in Stratford, London, aiming to add 719 beds to the area, after RG Group was awarded the build contract.

Hawthorne House is being built in Farthingale Walk, Stratford, and is replacing former office block Jubilee House, which has now been demolished.

It will open in time for the 2026/27 academic year.

The 36-storey property includes a 65,000 sq ft sixth-form academy, the London Academy of Excellence, over eight floors, which will be in place for an initial 35-year term.

The design of the building optimises the materials being used in its construction to give better energy efficiency, such as maximising air tightness and solar gain.

These are to help reach voluntary performance targets for operational energy use, water use and embodied carbon.

Unite Students acquired the Farthingale Walk site earlier this year for £73m. 

Tom Brewerton, group development director at Unite Students, said: “Hawthorne House will be a unique offering in the capital.

“Our rental offer remains very competitive when compared to alternative forms of student accommodation and we are confident our fixed-price, all-inclusive rent provides real value-for-money for our customers.

“[The development] shows Unite Students’ commitment to deliver high quality student accommodation using sustainable methods.”

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