Proposals for a new £72 million student accommodation development in London have been given the green light.

Henry Construction and developer Fusion will now be able to start work on the Fusion at Brent Cross Town project, which will be a part of the wider £7 billion Cricklewood regeneration scheme for the area.

Providers of building supplies in London will be kept busy by the scale of the project with the student development providing 662 rooms in three linked buildings, which will range in size from nine to 22 storeys. 

The design of the buildings is not a standard student accommodation model. Rather than building a large number of rooms of the same kind to offer similar tenancies, this one is built with different sorts of rooms of various sizes to provide significant choice and suit different living arrangements.

Other elements of the development will include community spaces, multi-purpose event areas, social lounges, plus sports and fitness facilities. The project is set to be completed in time for the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

Construction Director at Fusion Paul Miles said: “Our Fusion at Brent Cross Town scheme represents a significant milestone in our student accommodation portfolio.”

The wider Cricklewood redevelopment programme is a scheme led by Barnet Council that aims to transform the area into a new town centre for the borough.

Covering 151 hectares in total, the project also includes extending the existing Brent Cross Shopping Centre, creating a new high street south of the North Circular road, the addition of a new Thameslink rail station and associated access works across the line for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, plus 65 acres of green open space including seven new or improved parks.

As well as the student rooms, there will also be 7,500 new homes, a new primary school and 4.2 million sq ft of office space.