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Student tower plan gets go ahead

The London Borough of Southwark has approved plans to build a new student residential tower in the area.

The approval also allows for the demolition of the existing Capital House in Weston Street, SE1, and the construction of the new ‘Quill’ tower, a 470-room student accommodation facility complete with a bar, gym, library, student centre, retail units at ground floor level and 261 cycle parking spaces.

The building will form part of a wider cluster of towers around London Bridge, including the 310m Shard of Glass tower.

In September, a Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment design review criticised the scheme’s “ungainly form and awkward and inefficient spaces on plan”.

But property consultants Drivers Jonas Deloitte, who acted as planning consultants for the scheme, have defended the development, while senior planner Anthony Plumbly said the criticism was “unreasonable”.

He said: “Both the GLA and Southwark recognise that the scheme is of the highest quality design.

“As it provides student accommodation on campus, the use of the site is supported and the architectural quality will add positively to the tall buildings cluster at London Bridge”.

Architects SPPARC added: “The scheme was thoroughly endorsed by officers and received approval at Southwark’s Planning Committee after a comprehensive debate of a range of issues.”

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