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Hopkins wins approval for 640 student homes in City of London

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The City of London Corporation has approved plans by Hopkins Architects for a major student housing scheme in central London for King’s College London (KCL)

The scheme, for Vine Street near the Tower of London, includes 643 student homes, 6,968m² of office space, new public space in Jewry Street, and a 929m² ‘incubator space’ for start-up companies.

Backed by Urbanest, the 26,942m² scheme will also include an exhibition space with a café, providing the public with access to a preserved section of the London Wall built by the Romans. 

Hopkins senior partner Jim Greaves said:The proposed scheme will replace undistinguished buildings with a distinctive, durable and contemporary mixed-use building that will provide a new sense of place within this area of the City of London.

‘As this scheme is the first of its kind in the City, the design had to deliver in every aspect, marrying together the different use classes and creating a public exhibition space for the Roman Wall.’

The scheme is scheduled for completion in summer 2021. 

Plan 1

Plan 1

Source: Hopkins Architects

Site plan


Project data

Location Vine Street, EC3
Type of project Mixed-use
Client Urbanest
Architect Hopkins Architects
Landscape architect Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer Robert Bird Group
M&E consultant MTT
Quantity surveyor Cast
Planning supervisor Gerald Eve
Completion date Summer 2021
Gross internal floor area 26,942m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build




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