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Imperial Announces Plans for 700-bed Development

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A newly purchased site in North Acton has been earmarked for student accommodation for students attending Imperial College London.

Subject to appropriate planning permission, the site will be able to accommodate up to 700 students and is due for completion by September 2020.

Located on Wales Farm Road, the site is just a five minute walk from the College's existing accommodation at Woodward Buildings, two minutes from North Acton Underground Station and 11 minutes from the new Crossrail station due to open in 2018.

Imperial College London say the new hall represents a substantial investment in the student experience and helps to support its commitment to offer accommodation to all eligible first year undergraduates.

The development will build on the College's growing presence in the area, adding to the existing student community of around 900 living in the College's Woodward Buildings as well as the nearby Costume Store development.

Imperial's Provost Professor James Stirling, said: "At Imperial, we're committed to enriching the wider student experience, as well as providing a world class education experience. We know that students based in Woodward Buildings are enjoying the facilities on offer, and I'm pleased we will be able to offer that experience to more of our students in the future."

The College expects to work closely with students to develop the look and feel of the communal spaces for the new halls as the project develops and hopes it will help to meet the demand for single en-suite rooms in purpose built student accommodation.