DSDHA reveals plans for drum-shaped student homes next to Roundhouse


The proposed redevelopment of 100 Chalk Farm Road in north London, for developer Regal London, will provide 265 student bedrooms, 24 affordable homes and nearly 900m² of ground-floor commercial space.

The proposed ‘drum-shaped’ blocks, ranging from six to twelve storeys, pay ‘homage to the historical context of the area’.

The 1846 Grade II*-listed Roundhouse is a former railway engine shed-turned-venue. It was overhauled by John McAslan + Partners in 2006.

The 0.3ha site currently houses three empty 1970s office blocks. It is understood these buildings, which are linked but neither owned nor run by the Roundhouse, will be demolished. Regal London bought the plot in 2022.

The proposed scheme will be set back from Chalk Farm Road, ‘creating more footpath space for pedestrians and improving crowd management for the Roundhouse’.

DSDHA founding director Deborah Saunt said: ‘Our design response is intended to respect both the heritage and the context of the neighbouring Roundhouse, while drawing inspiration from the prevailing industrial character of the Regent’s Canal conservation area.’

The team claims the scheme will be one of the first UK purpose-built student accommodation projects to achieve WELL Platinum accreditation.

‘We’re turning a derelict office block and local eyesore into an active student hub’

Regal London co-founder Simon De Friend commented: ‘People often use the word “iconic” to describe new projects but this one truly is. We are turning a derelict office block, a renowned local eyesore, into an active student hub next to the Roundhouse.’

The scheme is among several significant, ongoing redevelopment projects in the area.

At stone’s throw from the Chalk Farm Road site, work is underway on the major Camden Goods Yard scheme masterplanned by Allies and Morrison with buildings by Piercy & Company and Níall McLaughlin Architects.

The 600-home development replaces a Morrisons supermarket and petrol filling station

Subject to approval, construction on 100 Chalk Farm Road is due to start in 2025.



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