Rodwell House was a redundant office building close to Liverpool Street station in Spitalfields.
Generation Estates identified that this 1.28 acre site had potential for a significant mixed use scheme including purpose built student housing, employment and retail uses.
Following the success of Nido Kings Cross, the site was acquired by Generation Estates in joint venture with The Blackstone Group.
Planning consent was obtained for a mixed use development which included 1,204 student beds, 49,692 square feet of grade A offices and 24,031 square feet of retail accomodation.
The thirty five storey building which rises over 100 metres was completed in August 2010 and was the tallest student accomodation building in Europe when it opened as Nido Spitalfields.
In keeping with a residence of this scale, the building includes a significant provision of amenity spaces. These include common rooms, IT areas, classrooms, laundry facilities , TV rooms, two external courtyards as well as a stunning 33rd floor sky lobby and gymnasium.
The student rooms provide a varied mixture of different room types including single and double studios, disabled studios, 2 bed studios as well as 4 and 6 bedroom apartments.
The retail accomodation was an important part of this project as it provided an opportunity to improve the public realm as well as creating improved circulation routes between Spitalfields and the City of London.
The development provided 24,031 square feet of new retail space arranged in seven units situated on each of the four street frontages together with a new basement gym. Retailers attracted by the project include Sainsbury’s, Tinderbox, Japanese Canteen and Kastner & Ovens whilst Fitness First leased the basement gym.
A new standalone office building of 49,692 square feet formed part of the project at 100 Middlesex Street. This attracted interest before completion and following a planning consent to extend the permitted use to include D1, the building was leased in its entirety to a joint venture between the University of East Anglia and INTO.
The new private residential accommodation within the scheme is approached from Strype Street and provides 11 apartments arranged as a mixture of one, two and three bedroom units all of which have been leased.
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