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Wood Lane

209 Co-Living Apartments + 60 Affordable Homes

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris



Structural and Civil Engineer

Whitby Wood

MEP Consultant

Skelly & Couch

High-end co-living apartments + affordable women’s pioneer apartments and office space.

On a triangular site bounded by a railway line and a road bridge, a new housing project developed in partnership between HUB and charity Women’s Pioneer Housing (WPH) is planned to provide 209 co-living units in a 16-storey tower, with 60 units for WPH in two six-storey wings. We undertook detailed cost studies to establish the viability of the co-living proposal, and worked with the design team on building height options, which can be cost-critical for buildings of this scale.

Project highlights


Co-living apartments


Women's Pioneer Apartments

5,000 sqft


236 SecchiSmith AHMM Wood Lane VIEW02 220426 2022 05 11 113703 ehoz

Co-living tenure is a relatively untested form of residential development and there is limited cost data available for it. As quantity surveyor we carried out detail cost studies to find a formula that works for the client partnership. Throughout the feasibility stages, we assisted in decisions on heights by advising on cost efficiencies for various tall building options. We also produced facade option studies.

As employer’s agent, we co-ordinated with consultant Skelly & Couch on the preparation of a detailed MEP study on the project’s proposed centralised ventilation system, made necessary by air quality concerns. The system takes fresh air from the structure’s roof level and distributes it throughout the building.

The site is located next to a surface London Underground railway line, as well as an associated road bridge. We engaged specialist sub-contract input and worked closely with consultant Whitby Wood to understand, plan and cost a temporary works solution to enable unimpeded operation of the rail line. The piling design for the high rise building employs a split level solution to protect the Transport for London asset and accommodate the sloping site.

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