A successful co-location scheme of industrial and residential on the same site – so called ‘Beds above sheds’ – one of the first to be consented in London.

  • Client: Tribe Student Housing
  • Size: 393 student accommodation apartments, 58 affordable apartments and 19,000 sq ft of commercial space
  • Status: Planning Achieved
  • Sectors
    Mainstream Residential, Other Tenures
  • Services
    Concept Design, Capacity Studies, Planning Applications


This student housing led scheme was designed from feasibility through to successful planning application by Formation Architects, and is located on a Strategic Industrial Land site in Lewisham. The new buildings provide 393 rooms for student accommodation for Tribe Student Housing as well as 58 affordable homes, set above flexible industrial units.

“The development of the site presents an opportunity to both preserve the industrial uses as well as provide much needed student and affordable accommodation in the heart of Lewisham.”

Nick Lawrence, Head of Planning at Tribe

Industrial use

Following recent changes to GLA policy, the ground floor contains 19,000 sqft of flexible industrial units – a 168% increase on the previous provision, all served from a light industrial yard behind.

The development proposals will provide flexible and adaptable commercial B1c/B2/B8 floorspace at ground and mezzanine floors to replace existing SIL floorspace.


Beds above sheds

The design of the residential accommodation and student housing above has been carefully planned to to avoid nuisance from the industrial units below, with winter gardens, increased slab thickness and carefully designed services.

This is an example of a successful co-location of industrial and residential on the same site – so called ‘Beds above sheds’ – one of the first to be consented in London.

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The accommodation set above the industrial units is made up of 2 blocks – Block A, the student housing block, has 15 storeys with a communal space including: a lounge, games room, study areas, cinema and arts studio. Block B, the mixed tenure affordable housing block shares a communal terrace and is made up of 9 storeys. The design references the industrial heritage of the site with pre-cast red and brown cladding panels.


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