Students ready to sample cinematic accommodation in west London


HE developer Tide Construction and its offsite manufacturing company Vision Modular Systems have

completed Chapter White City, a purpose- built student accommodation scheme on the site of the former Savoy Cinema in Acton, west London. The building will be operated by Chapter,

Greystar’s student accommodation brand, with Chapter White City being its tenth location in London. Designed by architecture practice HTA Design LLP, Chapter White City stands at seven storeys, offering 306 studio apartments complete with communal spaces including a café, student lounge, arcade and gym. Chapter White City is comprised of 338

modules, which were manufactured by Vision in its Bedford factory. The site was home to the famous Savoy Cinema designed by architect George Coles, which opened in 1931 and showed its last film on 27th December 1962, before being turned into a bowling alley and bingo hall. The building was demolished in the 1990s and the site has remained vacant until now. Positioned within a conservation area, the

design of the building is sympathetic to the surrounding neighbourhood through the distribution of the building massing and the

choice of materials which include stone and brick work, combined with a zinc mansard roof. Furthermore, the use of modular construction techniques significantly reduces the disruption to the local area, reduces the overall carbon emissions of the project and speeds up the build time. Christy Hayes, chief executive officer at

Tide Construction, said: “Chapter White City is a fitting tribute to the famous cinema that once stood on the site, and the students that have chosen to make Acton their home will bring a vibrancy to this historic gateway to central London. Our work here with Vision and HTA is testimony to the versatility of modular construction and what it can deliver throughout London and the rest of the country, in both the residential sector, the hotel sector and the student sector.” Tide and Vision Modular Systems are also

onsite in Holloway delivering another student accommodation scheme for Chapter directly adjacent to Holloway Road underground station. The towers will stand tall at 13 and 11 storeys, providing 257 student homes in north London.

Planning approval for University of Stirling Sports Centre


TIRLING Council has approved plans drawn up by FaulknerBrowns Architects, for a £20m transformation

of the University of Stirling’s sports facilities. The redevelopment of the university’s

sports centre will create an iconic new sports building that integrates with the existing world-class facilities on the site, including the national tennis and swimming academies. The new building will provide an

animated entrance gateway to the sports centre and includes purpose-built studios, an innovative fitness suite, three-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, strength and conditioning area, as well as a new state-of-the-art high performance suite. Users of the new building will also benefit from enhanced changing facilities and communal spaces. The building’s glazed frontage exposes

a central cylindrical drum that acts as a welcoming focal point. Vertical timber fins— spaced to create a concertina effect— present the illusion of motion. The fitness

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suite contained within the drum, animates views from the main approach routes. Sherief El-Salamani, Project Leader at

FaulknerBrowns, said: “This scheme will enhance the student experience by providing new and more visually accessible sporting facilities as well as

a new gateway building, which will open up the performance, wellbeing and social aspects of the centre to the wider student body and local community.”

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