The Vine Street development comprises a 14-storey student accommodation building that fronts onto Vine Street; a 6-storey student accommodation building adjacent to Crosswall; a 13-storey student accommodation that fronts onto Crutched Friars and a 12-storey office building to the north on India Street.

Key technical challenges

Beneath the building footprint is a two level basement that occupies the entire site. The basement accommodates incubator office space, bin stores, bike stores, plant, a café and the Roman wall exhibition space. The site is located along the line of the London Roman Wall which dates back to the late 2nd Century AD and formed the foundation of later city walls.

The site is of high archaeological value, due to the presence of Roman remains (bastion foundations and Roman wall). The remains have been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and they form part of the London Wall Walk, which was set up by the Museum of London in 1984. The Roman Wall bastion and Roman artifacts found on the site are to be displayed in a new column-free exhibition space.

The Irongate (1892) Thames Water Sewer (TWS) runs across the site from north to south approximately 1m below the top of the existing basement slab.

There are three existing buildings that share a party wall with Emperor House/Roman Wall House and the new development. Within the adjacent Medical Centre basement there is an MRI room directly adjacent to the Emperor House basement wall.

The existing two-storey deep RC basement box to Emperor House is to be retained. The existing basement structure requires temporary propping to enable demolition and construction works.

Project Metrics

Project Value:
£83 million GBP
Year Completed:
Due 2021
Building Metrics:
623 high quality student bedrooms
6,600m2 GIA office
865m2 incubator space GIA
396m2 exhibition space GIA
276m2 cafe GIA

Project Metrics

Student Accommodation
Hopkins Architects
Robin Partington & Parnters
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Construction Engineering

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