Project for Imperial College will go up to 31 storeys

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Ardmore Construction will build a new hall of residence in west London which the firm claims will be the UK’s tallest masonry tower.

The group’s managing director, Cormac Byrne said the scheme for Imperial College will provide student accommodation and residential suites for the rental market within a series of blocks rising to 31-storeys.

Byrne said the project offered “several challenges, not least providing external façade access at 31-storeys via an innovative climbing screen” but added his firm looked forward to working with Imperial College “to tackle these head on”.

The Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher-designed building is part of the re-development of the former Perfume Factory site at 140 Wales Farm Road in North Acton.

The student accommodation comprises 603 studio and twin bedrooms and warden units, arranged over nine to 31 storeys. The development also includes 85 private rental sector residential units extending up to 10 storeys.

Recent jobs for Ardmore include the redevelopment of the Lots Road power station into luxury residential flats, known as Chelsea Waterfront, designed by Farrells, and Limehouse Basin, designed by RMA Architects for Bellway Homes.

Last year the 310-employee group reported turnover for the year to 30 September 2017 of £370m and pre-tax profit of £12.1m.