Kingston council has approved a proposal for the corner of Fife Road and Dolphin street that will revolutionise housing supply in the town centre. The existing retail and office building will be demolished and replaced with a 200 plus room co-living, co-working and co-playing development.

The development gained full planning permission for the redevelopment of the 15-17 & 19-23 Fife Road for the following:

  • Demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part-seven, part- nine storey building plus a basement
  • Provision of 200 ‘large-scale purpose-built shared living accommodation also known as ‘Co- living1 ’ units comprising room sizes between 16.6 -26 sq.m
  • 1,205 sqm of internal amenity space including a residents’ gym, flexible work/events space, communal kitchen, dining areas, cinema/screening room and lounge.
  • 336 sqm of external landscaped amenity space
  • 206 Cycle parking spaces on site

Nine Yards Living, the developers behind the scheme, state their philosophy as “we work hard to make your life as convenient and hassle free as possible – so you have time for other more interesting activities. We believe that sharing those experiences with like-minded souls elevates and amplifies moments into memorable events and nurtures an authentic community spirit.”

Nine Yards Living has also had a scheme recently approved in Wandsworth. The architects for the development were Assael Architects. Viewrank Estates are also involved as investors in the development.

The scheme will free up the equivalent of 50 four bedroom detached houses from shared letting and provide full time employment for 20 people. Will West London see more developments of this type? With changes arising from COVID and the decline of highstreets then potentially more is to come.

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