Student Flats Plan for Former Chiswick Auctions Site

Twenty storey building would contain 429 purpose built units

CGI of the Colville Road student block (left) and the Bollo yard residential building (right) CGI of the Colville Road student block (left) and the Bollo yard residential building viewed from Stirling Road(right). Picture: Hawkins Brown


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August 9, 2023

Plans have been submitted for two buildings in the vicinity of Stirling Road in South Acton including a 20-storey tower for student accommodation.

The application (232800FUL) is for the demolition of the existing buildings on the corner of Stirling Road and Colville Road including the former Chiswick Auctions premises as well as 67-81 Stirling Road.

The Chiswick Auctions site would be the location of 429 purpose-built student flats with some light industrial space at the lower levels. It would include a roof top garden, shared social spaces, a gym, a cinema and a games room. There would be 200 studio units and 42 clusters of various sizes.

The building would not be as tall as the nearby Bollo Brook House development which would be 25 storeys high.

It is also proposed to knock down the two storey industrial buildings at 67-81 Stirling Road to build an 11-storey residential building with light industrial and warehousing space on the lower floors which would have its frontage onto Bollo Lane. This development would be named Bollo Yard. The surrounding area has already seen construction commence of a substantial amount of high-rise building. There would be 95 flats in the development which would be classed as affordable.

CGI of the Bollo Yard development viewed from Bollo Lane. Picture: Hawkins Brown

A document submitted with the planning application claims that the number of students living in the South Acton area has increased by 48% since 2015 and that there is no purpose-built accommodation in the vicinity. It is argued that this provision would reduce the number of students living in private rented accommodation and increase the availability of housing for families.

The new buildings have been designed by architects Hawkins Brown.

Visualisation of one of the social spaces in the student accomodation. Picture: Hawkins Brown
Visualisation of one of the social spaces in the student accomodation. Picture: Hawkins Brown

Planning permission was granted last April (214611FUL) for two similar designs but with the residential proportion in the taller tower not given over to students. The new proposals are slightly denser but no taller than the consented schemes and would have delivered a total of 237 flats, 38% of which were classed as affordable. The amount of light industrial space provided by the two schemes remains the same.

If you wish to comment on the proposals visit the planning pages on the Ealing Council web site and search using the reference: 232800FUL.

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