Case Studies

Urbanest London

Urbanest City is a major new student accommodation scheme in London. Due for completion in 2021, the development in Vine Street comprises two 13-storey buildings and one 6-storey block.

As well as providing high quality student homes, urbanest City will create office accommodation, incubator office space for start-up businesses, café and new public space and pedestrian route. It will involve the redevelopment of a historically important site and will give the public access to a carefully preserved section of London’s original Roman wall.

Project:                      Urbanest City                
Sector:                       Student accommodation 
Client:                        Urbanest     
Main Contractor:       Balfour Beatty          
Architects:                 Apt
Furniture:                   Furniture for 629 bedrooms
                                    200+ studio and communal kitchens
Contract value:         £2.3m


The Furniture Solution

In a £2.3m contract, Deanestor is manufacturing furniture, supplying fittings and fitting out 629 bedrooms and more than 200 kitchens, which will be installed in four phases. This is Deanestor’s fourth project for the developer urbanest.

This latest project follows Deanestor’s successful delivery of three earlier fit-out contracts for urbanest student living developments, which include schemes at Vauxhall and Westminster Bridge in London.

Bedroom Specification

The bedroom furniture will have a dark woodgrain finish and includes single, three-quarter and king-size beds with storage drawers below and open bedhead shelving above; study desks, and single or double wardrobes. Tall storage units for some rooms and the desk drawer units will have contrasting white vinyl fronts.

Mirrors, noticeboards, mattresses and bedframes will also be supplied as part of this contract.

Studio and Cluster Kitchens

Deanestor is manufacturing kitchens for both studio rooms and the larger cluster kitchens.

These will have black quartz worktops, a grey vinyl finish for base and tall units, and white for the wall cupboards. Splashbacks will be brushed aluminium laminate and electric hobs are two or four zone. Appliances will be integrated and include wall-mounted microwave, electric fan oven, and either fridge freezer or under-counter fridge.

Meeting the Furniture Requirements for Accessible Rooms

Deanestor is also manufacturing furniture for a number of accessible rooms, which are designed in line with DDA requirements to allow easy wheelchair access.

These kitchens will have reduced height worktops with knee space underneath and side-opening ovens, and there will be movable three-quarter beds in the accessible bedrooms.

The Customer Perspective

Angus Kearin, Head of Development, urbanest:

“We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality accommodation for students. We put our residents’ needs at the forefront of any design decision and each room is designed to maximise space and light, whilst delivering the best in modern living and fresh design concepts. Deanestor helps us to deliver that vision, providing high quality design-led furniture solutions for the bedrooms and kitchens. Our schemes are fast-track projects which need an open and collaborative approach and meticulous logistical planning at the fit out stage.”

“The furniture has to be robust to withstand the rigours of student living as well as provide a high standard of aesthetics. Deanestor has been a valued supply chain partner for multiple urbanest schemes and we look forward to working with their team on this next major project.”

Image © Apt/Urbanest


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