Name for new student development revealed

Developer Downing has revealed the name of its new £35m student accommodation scheme in Lambeth.

The 133-bedroom sustainable studios in the heart of Lambeth Palace Conservation Area will be called Marinus Studios. The word marinus is Latin for marine and the name references the nearby Marine Society and Sea Cadets charity, currently based in a building next to the site on Lambeth Road.

Downing is creating a new 12,000sq ft commercial office space on the ground and lower ground floors of the building as part of the scheme. This space will eventually be used as the Marine Society and Sea Cadets’ head office.

Ian Harrison, Downing’s development project director, said: “Downing is passionate about delivering schemes that benefit and support the communities we operate in. That’s why we’re particularly proud to announce the new name for Marinus Studios and highlight the area’s important and historical connection to the Marine Society and Sea Cadets charity.

“Once complete, part of Marinus Studios will serve as a brand-new home for the charity’s head office, where it can continue to support the learning and professional development of the UK’s maritime community for many years to come.”

Downing has also recently retained an agreement with King’s College London to operate all 578 student bedrooms at its landmark Atlas development in Lambeth.

Downing’s nomination agreement with the college has been running for a year, and since September has covered the second intake of the university’s students at Atlas for the academic year 2019/2020.

The £160 million building is Downing’s flagship development, found on South Lambeth Road in Vauxhall, which has en-suite bedrooms, studio rooms and three and four-bedroom apartments.

The building has a roof garden on the 32nd floor and a leisure centre with a 25-metre swimming pool, which is now fully operational.