Furthering JTP’s successful relationship working alongside Regal London to develop innovative student housing in the London Borough of Brent, JTP is pleased to have submitted a Detailed Planning Application for a second purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) proposal in the borough, known as ‘Wembley Greenway’.
The proposals build on the research undertaken by JTP to understand the post-Covid needs of students from all backgrounds and seek to facilitate greater interaction between residents as well as celebrating the extensive amenity offer.
Consisting of two buildings at 20 and 22 storeys connected by a garden podium, proposals for Wembley Greenway will feature 639 student rooms which will be offered in a range of bedroom types including cluster rooms and studios. The rooms will benefit from over 21,000 sqm of internal amenity spaces supporting study, exercise, socialising and quiet time including for study spaces, a student gym, common room, student library, games room, dining room and lounges. Up to circa 300 sqm of external amenity space also includes for a podium garden and outdoor balcony to help allow spill-out from the lounge and gym facilities to create ‘chance meetings’ between students.
A wider masterplan has been adopted in light of the significant and positive changes happening in the Wembley High Road area. Opening up space to the north adjacent to the railway, the scheme promotes a new east/west route, called the Greenway with new public spaces placed at the heart of the designs. The Welcome Yard, Ribbon Gardens and Colour Courtyard form the route and deliver extensive greenery, seating and play opportunities. Consciously overlooked by facilities, including a bookable community space, to create a welcoming and safe space for all the community. The site is proposed to be car free with spaces promoting active travel by facilitating walking and cycling.
The architecture of the scheme celebrates the vitality of Wembley and its future residents with folded metal panels of varying profile circling around the building forms creating ‘pulses of energy’ and a subtle variation in the reading of the two buildings in the changing light.
This submission follows JTP and Regal London’s achievement securing planning approval for The Society – also on the Wembley High Road – in November 2022, which features 349 students and associated amenities.
It is an exciting time for Wembley High Road. With the topping out the Wembley Link scheme, the London Borough of Brent bringing forward their designs for Ujima House and Cecil Avenue and the recent consent for 390-406 High Road, the council’s aspirations for improving the area are coming to fruition. Our proposals will deliver an important part of these ambitious plans, delivering the next stage of a pedestrian and cycle-friendly ‘Greenway’, providing a greener and quieter alternative route to the High Road. The innovative student housing, underpinned by extensive research delivers ‘new generation’ facilities that will attract new students and economic benefits to further the regeneration of the High Road and the surrounding area.
Nigel Bidwell, Partner at JTP