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BuckleyGrayYeoman completes 19-storey student housing in East End

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BuckleyGrayYeoman has completed this 417-room student residential development in Commercial Road, East London

At 19-storeys high, the Pure Aldgate scheme is the practice’s first tall building and houses more than 11,970m² of student and communal facilities including a 19th floor, skylounge, outdoor terrace, cafe-bar, screening room, private gym and ‘members’ club-style’ spaces.

Working with Pure Student Living, the interior design of the scheme reflects the urban heritage of East London with bespoke cabinetry, retro-style enamel lampshades, wood floors and exposed concrete ceilings. There are 13 student room layouts including accessible layouts for residents with mobility impairments.

The double-height entrance on Commercial Road opens up to a reception lounge and a dedicated study space, with a separate 255m² retail unit.

Matt Yeoman, director of BuckleyGrayYeoman said: ‘We’ve spent a lot of time and effort developing the façades of the Pure Aldgate building, using high quality materials with a lot of geometric expression to provide a visually engaging building that contributes to the streetscape.

‘Pure Aldgate provides stylish accommodation with all of the on-site facilities students have come to expect, such as a private gym, screening room and secure cycle parking, then raises itself above the competition by giving access to an extraordinary skylounge and terrace high above East London.’

The practice won planning for the scheme in late 2010 (see AJ 25.11.10).

Architect’s view

The façadeof the scheme has been developed using pre-cast concrete modules, arranged to give an expressive geometry that enlivens the façade, giving it a depth, individuality and visual interest that marks it out on the street as a building of quality. Large areas of glazing are interspersed with panels made up of terracotta baguettes, which are glazed off-white in areas, hinting at the variety of uses present inside the building and breaking the bulk of the building down into distinct volumes. The geometric waves that run up and down and from side to side in the façade create a play of shadows that change throughout the day as the sun moves around the building.


Project data

Architect BuckleyGrayYeoman
Services Engineers MTT Ltd.
Structural Engineers AKT II
Quantity Surveyor Beadmans
Approved Inspector MLM Building Control
CDM Coordinator MLM
Fire Consultant BWC Fire Ltd.
Acoustic Consultant Hann Tucker Associates Ltd.
Landscape Consultant OuterSpace



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