Property News Colliers achieves planning consent for affordable student housing in Southwark

Alumno Developments

Colliers International has worked alongside Alumno Developments, a specialist student accommodation provider, to successfully achieve planning consent to refurbish landmark buildings on Peckham Road, Camberwell in London.  The accommodation will provide much needed affordable housing for students studying at Camberwell College of Arts, part of the University of the Arts London.

The plans have been developed by the University in partnership with Alumno-Miller Ltd (Alumno) and the new accommodation is designed by architects DPA LLP. Colliers acted as planning consultants to Alumno.

The plans propose the redevelopment of the part grade 2 listed Peckham Road Buildings, which will be developed into high-quality accommodation with 155 bed spaces, close to the students’ place of study.

Construction work on the buildings, formerly used as offices by Southwark Council but now vacant, will begin in June 2011, with the first students taking up residence in September 2012.

Patrick Clifton, Director, Planning at Colliers International, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Alumno as planning consultants for the Camberwell College of Arts’ new student housing.  From the initial appraisal to the submission of the planning application, and throughout the post application submission monitoring and the section 106 agreement negotiation work, we are delighted that our efforts have resulted in a successful planning consent for 155-bed accommodation in these landmark buildings.”

David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno commented: “The opportunity to work in close partnership with University of Arts and in particular the staff of Camberwell College of Arts, together with LB  Southwark,  demonstrates the commitment and desire of all key stakeholders to realise the opportunity and potential to unlock the undoubted benefits the buildings offer the college and students.”

Natalie Brett, Dean of Camberwell College of Arts, added: “The refurbishment of these beautiful landmark buildings will provide a unique campus style education for our students in the heart of South London and at the same time significantly improve the surrounding area for local people.  The College is proud to be the custodians of these landmark buildings and is excited to have the chance to refurbish them and preserve their long-term future to the benefit of everyone in the area.”