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Southwark Approve The Quill

London's Southwark Council has approved the Quill, which if built will be the tallest student residential tower in the world.

With 31 floors above ground and two basement levels, the SPPARC Architecture designed building will be 108.78 metres to the structural peak with further spires above this pushing the total height to 114.4 metres.

The scheme will contain accommodation for 470 students, a gym, library and bar on floors 28 to 30, ground floor retail, and 261 cycle spaces plus two disabled car parking spaces in the basement.

From a distance the project appears as two towers linked together by three skybridges on their upper levels, the building has a shared base of six floors above ground level that form a C shape looping around a new public area. Defining the upper shapes are the angled roofs that begin with a curving shoulder on level six and vary from 58 degrees to 78 degrees creating a sculptural appearance that relates to its corner position overlooking St Thomas Street.

Adding some external complexity are the mass of structural members which run up in front of the facades and progress pass the roof before pointing sharply into the sky like a collection of needles.

Now the project has been approved, the next question is when it will actually be built. Capital House still stands on the site and is a substantial structure that will need demolition before it can be built.

Developer Investream does however have Kings College London on board who are desparate for more student accommodation, and with a good record of realising such schemes, it can only a matter of time before Southwark gets the Quill to accompany its rising Shard.

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