Collective boost for Ealing students

PLP Architecture to transform a dilapidated London office block into new student and mixed-use accommodation

The Collective Old Oak designed by PLP Architecture has received planning approval four months after the studio’s appointment by The Collective to redevelop a derelict 1970s office building to create student and mixed-use accommodation for the local community at Old Oak Lane in Ealing.

The new 15,897sqm building will integrate 323 student rooms and office/incubator facilities supporting the next generation of young entrepreneurs, retail and community spaces vital to the ‘Collective Community’. The scheme is reflective of thephilosophy of The Collective, the property and management company which specialises in delivering and managing high-quality student or shared living accommodation across central London.

The Collective’s first new-build project is set to become an important new landmark in Ealing, providing an engaging street frontage onto Old Oak Lane and addressing the transition to the Grand Union Canal.The landscaped public spaces, designed with Turkington Martin, are intended to unify and enrich the setting of the new building.

The student accommodation will benefit from large amenity spaces, including lounge, library, bar, gym, spa and private event spaces and roof terraces.

The construction of The Collective Old Oak, commencing late February, will pioneer a new modular method with fully pre-fabricated modules, including interior fit-out, in partnership with Mace Group and WSP Group.

Lee Polisano at PLP Architecture commented: “The PLP team is delighted to work with The Collective to combine student accommodation, comparable to serviced apartments or a long-stay hotel, with local amenities which never existed before in this strategic and prominent position along Old Oak Lane and the Grand Union canal. We are building upon the attributes of the site with the aim of improving the gateway site into the East Acton Ward and injecting new life into the area as well.”


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