Stamford Street Apartments
Kings College London
A feasibility study for King's College London (KCL) investigating options for the refurbishment of a 550 room student accommodation block at Waterloo, central London.
KCL is undertaking a refurbishment programme of its portfolio of student residences. Having already completed a pilot suite of rooms and common kitchen areas the university asked Conibere Phillips to critique the scheme with the aim of finding a more cost effective and attractive solution.
The existing building imposes strict and unavoidable constraints, and our approach was to work with these as much as possible. This included 're-presenting' existing decorative finishes and combining them with bold new additions. A reduced level of furniture provision focused on flexibility of use, recognising that study methods and social needs have, and continue to, evolve.
The proposal uses natural and robust, industrial type, finishes, to create a characterful interior design proposal. Working with the cost consultant, Castons, it was demonstrated that the new proposal delivered substantial savings over the pilot scheme.
Having successfully completed the feasibility study KCL is now considering its programme for implementing the works across a number of its residences.