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Read our latest newsletter for an update on the construction of 2 Trafalgar Way


urbanest is one of London’s leading contemporary student accommodation providers, managing over 3,000 student beds across seven different properties for many of the capital’s most renowned universities, including LSE and King’s College.

Now, urbanest is bringing forward proposals for new, much-needed student accommodation at 2 Trafalgar Way, in Tower Hamlets, as part of a mixed-use development.

Our Proposals

2 Trafalgar Way is an important site on the edge of Canary Wharf, located directly to the east of the historic Billingsgate market.

It has been vacant and neglected for a number of years and our proposals could potentially support the growth of one of London’s most prestigious universities and the expansion of UCL’s School of Management in Canary Wharf and the new campus UCL East in Stratford.

We believe 2 Trafalgar Way is in an ideal site for student accommodation and that it can deliver real economic and social benefits for the local community, as well as the wider Tower Hamlets area.

We have now submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which would deliver:

  • A mixed-use campus, with three buildings and a sky bridge linking the student accommodation;
  • 1,672 purpose-built, high quality rooms for students –with 35% meeting the GLA’s affordable housing definition;
  • 68 homes, which could be used by academic and professional staff, with a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments;
  • New flexible work and incubator space, communal areas for students, children’s soft play space, a cycle workshop and café and the re-provision of a McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurant;
  • A completely transformed and landscaped Trafalgar Way.
  • An estimated £23 million CIL contribution, c.£18 million of which will go directly to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets;
  • An estimated £10.5m spent in the borough by the students, residents and staff each year.

Earlier this year we organised two public consultation events on Saturday 18th and Monday 20th January at the Reach Community Centre, to provide members of the community the opportunity to see our designs and discuss them with the project team.

We would like to thank all those who attended again, and it was extremely useful to hear your feedback on the area and our designs.

Many of you agreed that something needed to be done with this long-term vacant land and were aware of previous proposals for the site for private homes by a different developer. Others welcomed the provision of the new cycle workshop, café and public realm.

If you were unable to attend either of these events and would like some further information, you can view and download the exhibition materials here.

Since these events, we’ve continued to refine and develop our designs, presented to local groups, the Council’s Conservation and Design Advisory Panel twice and the Strategic Development Committee.

We have also issued a community update newsletter to over 4,000 local residents and businesses to update them on our final designs and our submission. An online copy of this can be accessed and downloaded here.


If you have any questions about the project, please do continue to get in touch by any of the following ways:

Email at:
Sandip Patel, Construction Director:

Naomi Wharton, Social Value Advisor:

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