Tribu Kingston Co-living Development

Written by Mark Ustun Associate

Jefferson Sheard Architects were appointed by client Tribu Danehurst Kingston Ltd. to extend, refurbish and convert the existing student accommodation to a luxury Co-living development.

The enhanced development now provides a high standard of flexible living accommodation for a wide range of possible tenants with facilities including a multipurpose cinema room, meeting rooms, private phone booths/ working pods, communal kitchen areas, private dining spaces as well as a new roof terrace and luxury social working/ amenity spaces.

The works included an internal refurbishment throughout the building and reconfiguration of the basement, ground floor and four floor, including a new fourth floor extension and access to a new roof level garden and amenity space at the top of the property.

The project required a planning application for a change of use from student accommodation (with commercial ground floor/ basement space) to a Co- Living Development with a new coffee shop at ground floor which can also be used as part of the co-living space when not open to the public.

The existing building provided studio accommodation for up to 58 students. The new scheme offers an increase of 5 studio rooms for residents to provide a total of 63 studios. The change of use and upgraded facilities broaden the building’s marketability to young professionals and graduates in addition to students.

The new extension and alterations compliment the existing building form and materials, the fourth-floor extension and new roof garden have been set back from the building edge to minimise impact to the street scene. The coffee shop on the ground floor takes full advantage of the available active street frontage to the north, west and south elevations, enhancing the already vibrant area.


  • Housing
  • Student Accommodation


Tribu Danehurst Kingston Ltd. / Eurofund


Kingston upon Thames, London


Sustainability credentials of the scheme include a biodiverse roof, creation of urban farm at roof level, efficient insulation, efficient glazing, low energy lighting, low energy appliances, increased cycle storage and enhanced waste and recycling facilities. These additions all contribute to minimizing the buildings carbon footprint and achieving the highest sustainability standards possible, taking into account the constraints posed by the existing structure.

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