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New £26 million development is set to breathe new life into Hammersmith Palais site

Morgan Sindall has won a £26 million contract for a new mixed-use development on the site of the Hammersmith Palais, a venue which for generations of Londoner’s, meant music and dancing.

The project will see the site on Shepherd’s Bush Road transformed into a new student accommodation facility for Pure Student Living, a joint venture between the Carlyle Group and Generation Estates.

Construction will begin this month and reach completion in September 2013 in preparation for the 2013 -14 academic year.

The Palais has already been demolished and will be replaced by three blocks of between four and nine storeys on the site. These will provide accommodation for 418 students, while the ground floor and basement levels of the building will create 23,000 sq ft of leisure space, to be used by the local community.

The new building, which has been designed by Make Architects, will include a number of key sustainable elements. The rooftops of the three blocks will be planted with vegetation, providing an attractive sustainable ‘brown roof’.

There will also be a central ‘energy centre’ which will provide hot water to all the occupiers of the development as part of a community heating scheme. This primary plant will comprise of gas fired high efficiency boilers with the facility to connect in the future to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Unit.

Peter Jacobs, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s London office, says: “We’re delighted to be part of the project team giving this key site in London a new lease of life in a contemporary, sustainable development.

“The historic wall which runs the length of the site and contains the building’s iconic artwork is part of the city’s heritage and will remain in place to commemorate the cultural significance of the Palais. This will also provide a great reminder of the exciting events that have taken place at this site over the years.”

Morgan Sindall has delivered over 10,000 student beds in the last three years. Recent schemes include a £15 million development at the Royal Veterinary College in Potters Bar, which was recognised with two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Morgan Sindall is also presently on site at Reading University delivering a substantial project involving new townhouse accommodation and two blocks of flats for students. Next month it will also complete two student accommodation blocks for the National Construction College in Bircham Newton, Norfolk.


Pictured: An artist's impression of the Hammersmith Palais site

For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email