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PBSA Scheme in Holborn Wins Planning Permission

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Developers Dominvs have been given the green light to begin works on a new purpose-built student accommodation scheme on Holborn Viaduct in the City of London.

The 14-storey, 644-bed scheme proposed has been supported by the London School of Economics. (LSE).

The site is bounded by Snow Hill to the north and used to be occupied by a 10-storey office building called Citiscape House, before its demolition in 2020.

The proposal replaces previous plans for the site, which was originally intended to become London's "greenest building". The name originated from the 400,000-plant living facade it was due to feature. A planning statement for the current scheme has stated that the pandemic had forced a re-evaluation of the scheme, and the LSE "emerged with a long-term requirement for purpose-built student accommodation".

The scheme, which has been designed by Stiff + Trevillion Architects and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, is located within a few minutes' walk from LSE's main campus,

The 644 rooms will be comprised of a mix of bedroom types including studios, twodios and mixed cluster en-suites, with 64 rooms proposed as wheelchair accessible.

Under the plans set out by the developer, over 35% of the beds will be at an affordable price point. These rooms will be offered at a rate of £174pppw and will be 55% below the rate of other rooms.

Jay Ahluwalia, director at Dominvs Group, said: "From extensive consultation with the City Corporation and key local stakeholders we sought fresh thinking, submitting a scheme that enriches the existing neighbourhood while meeting the need for purpose-built student accommodation in the area."

"Our scheme introduces a new, highly sustainable building of exemplary design quality, including cultural and community use across ground floor level, a publicly accessible roof terrace with views towards St. Paul's Cathedral, and significant public realm improvements, including active frontages and a new pedestrian route connecting Holborn Viaduct with the Museum of London."

"The application was brought forward with support from the London School of Economics and we are working with the Creative Land Trust to help deliver an exciting cultural and community use offer."