Assam Place

Providing a home away from home

Our first development project in the student accommodation market is helping to ease the shortage of premium direct let student living space in the UK's capital.

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Assam Place Project summary

Client

Aldgate Developments Limited

Project value

£110m

Key partners

HKR Architectural Services Ltd, Jones Lang LaSalle

Services provided

Property Development, Construction management, Project and programme management, Development, Consultancy, Construction

Sectors

Residential and student accommodation, Hotels and residential

Locations

UK - London and south-east England, UK and Europe

Project timeline

Start date
August 2011
End date
December 2014
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Project story

Blending a historic landmark building with a new 18-storey tower in the centre of London’s most exciting cultural quarter was always going to be a challenge. But by working collaboratively as developer, project manager and contractor, we brought together expertise from across Mace to restore and radically transform Assam Place.

Our team turned the Grade II listed former brewery come whisky warehouse into a high-specification mixed-use development, combining luxury student accommodation and premium commercial space. The result is a new type of accommodation for students at the heart of the city where the worlds of finance, technology, media, art, and fashion meet to form a dynamic and creative hub.

Assam Place marked our first step into the world of development and therefore played a vital role in shaping the future of our wider business.

Project stats

3,400sq m of student accommodation
18 storey tower
346 student rooms

Points of note

Improving the scheme's success

We provided value engineering to improve the overall scheme's financial viability and rationalised the space including the basement design, reducing the structural core and the services, thereby increasing the net lettable space of the site by 12 rooms.

Creating a sustainable development

The development benefits from natural ventilation, extra storage areas and prefabricated bathroom pods, which were assembled on site. This all contributed to the project achieving a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and receiving a Silver award at the 2013 Considerate Constructors National Site Awards.

Speeding up delivery

Further work was done to improve the speed of delivery: columns and edge beams were manufactured off site allowing the floor slab on each storey to be cast within 48 hours. The tower build cycle was shortened as a consequence and saved 18 weeks on the programme.

A demonstration of excellence

Assam Place demonstrates exactly what we can bring to the market and is testament to the collaborative nature of our business, allowing us to share our knowledge to create a world-class facility.

“In Assam Place, the team at Mace did a brilliant job of developing an asset that balances historic preservation and the sophisticated amenity and living spaces required by residents today.”

“The success of Assam Place demonstrated exactly what we can bring to the market and is testament to the development and delivery teams working successfully together, sharing our in-depth knowledge of the sector, to create a world-class facility.”

“This project has been hugely rewarding for us, working on the redevelopment of a historic building in the heart of the city. It has certainly been challenging for us to update the building and ensure it delivers the facilities required by the 21st century student market.”