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Canada Water - The Mulberry Site

King’s College London has an ambitious strategy to grow and is also committed to provide more and better quality student residential accommodation to meet both current and future demand.

With longer term plans in mind, the College has sought new locations and explored potential development sites to accommodate the planned growth between now and 2016, through to 2026.

King’s received a resolution to grant planning consent from the London Borough of Southwark to develop a site for 770 new student rooms, office space, affordable housing, retail units, a health care centre and landscaped public space on the former location of Mulberry Business Park at Canada Water. The Mayor of London has given final approval to proceed with the plans.

Canada Water is situated in a convenient location within zone two, ten minutes by tube to central London and only two tube stops from the Guy’s Campus, four tube stops from Waterloo, four stops from Denmark Hill by train and eleven minutes by train from Honor Oak Park Sportsground.

Student, office and retail accommodation at the Mulberry site, Quebec Way

The first step in our aspiration is to acquire and develop the Mulberry Business Park in Canada Water. We have agreed an option to purchase the site.  The option is subject to being granted planning permission for our proposed development of student accommodation of which it is intended that 50 per cent would be postgraduate accommodation, office space, affordable housing, flexible retail units, a health care centre and high quality public areas.

As part of the planning application process for the Mulberry site, public consultation with local residents was held in the Canada Water community from 28 February to 02 March 2013. You can see the information boards here.

We aim to commence the Mulberry works in 2014, completing in the 2016/17 academic year.

Long term plans for a mixed-use facility

In addition to the student accommodation and office space at the Mulberry site, the long term plan for Canada Water is for a mixed-use facility that will provide new, high quality teaching and learning facilities and indoor sports facilities. In order to drive academic value, the College would use these facilities flexibly for multiple purposes over the course of the academic calendar.

The space would also enable the College further to embrace world leading collaborations such as The Francis Crick Institute and the London Life Sciences initiative, which will require additional capacity near central London, and to extend public-private partnerships such as Imanova, the new state-of-the-art imaging centre formed collaboratively by King’s, UCL, Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council.

Next steps

We will update this page as plans develop and will ensure that staff and students have regular opportunities to provide input into the design and use of the new facilities. 

Links to Southwark community

King's has an active role in widening participation in higher education in Southwark, firstly through the AimHigher partnership and more recently through its own programme, K+. Through a range of workshops, taster lectures and cultural events, the programme raises the aspirations of Year 12 and 13 pupils and provides targeted support for pupils with the ability to succeed at King’s. King's has also formed a strategic partnership with the Harris Federation of Academies and works with IntoUniversity to raise awareness of university at primary schools.

The King's College London Students’ Union and its various societies provide a range of services across Southwark schools and youth groups.

For further information, please contact pr@kcl.ac.uk.

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