The 600-room development, in St Pancras Way, which will be built on the site of a builder’s yard, was passed by the Town Hall’s planning committee on Thursday. It includes a £230,000 commitment from developers Unite to build a new footbridge over the Regent’s Canal that would lead from St Pancras Way towards the former King’s Cross Railway Lands – where the new University of Arts is set to open in September. The Travis Perkins building, which currently occupies the site, will be redeveloped with a new warehouse on the ground floor for the building materials company, and 564 student rooms built above.
The designs include a roof with solar panels to provide hot water.
It is the third major building project proposed for the Somers Town area in the past 18 months, with other plans including new student housing on the King’s Cross Railway Lands and another project on a former industrial site in Camley Street. When all three are completed, they will provide 1,700 new beds for students – which councillors and businesses say will provide a welcome economic boost for the area’s shops, cafés and pubs.St Pancras Way student digs ‘will boost the local economy
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