University lodges Canada Water plans

By Jim Dunton - Thu 13 June 2013, 10:27 am

King's College London has submitted proposals to redevelop Canada Water's former Mulberry Business Park with a mixed use scheme of student housing, offices, affordable homes, shops and college facilities.

Its plans for the site, which is bounded by Canada Street, Quebec Way and Harmsworth Quays print works, would see the construction 770 student bedrooms, 4,490 sq metres of offices, 33 affordable homes, a 322 sq metres student health centre, and 75 sq metres of space for shops or other institutional use.

The development would be spread over four blocks, ranging in height from four to nine storeys.

In a statement submitted alongside the application, the college said the development was vital to meet an “urgent business need” to cater for students, and would create 350 full-time jobs.

It said the site was an ideal opportunity to deliver more than a-third of a projected requirement of 2,000 new student bedrooms.

“The Canada Water area is well placed in relation to King’s existing five campuses and the public transport connections would allow students and staff to move quickly and easily between the various locations,” it said.

The statement added that Canada Water could potentially host new teaching and other facilities.

Southwark Council has set a target determination date of 15 August for the scheme.