About Us

Alumno is an award-winning specialist student accommodation developer, delivering projects from inception through to operation. Since our beginnings in 2006, we have worked closely with universities, colleges and other key stakeholders.

Our vision is to create communities that appeal to a diverse range of students, while providing both sustainable and affordable accommodation.

We have provided homes and facilities for students in diverse locations and cities such as London, Birmingham, Norwich, Glasgow, Durham, St Andrews and Edinburgh, all integrated into an urban context where we place great emphasis on sophisticated and sympathetic architecture to integrate successfully into existing communities.

No two developments schemes are the same – we love working with historic listings buildings bringing them back to life by including wherever possible amenities for us by the community so they can benefit the local community. At our Southwark Town Hall development in London we delivered a café, affordable artists studios and a new replacement community theatre.

Architectural Photography of Southwark Town Hall, by London Architectural and Interiors photographer, Matt Clayton

We place great emphasis on fantastic architecture and placemaking with all our projects.

Our approach is to liaise with communities, to listen and to create an environment beneficial for both the student community and neighbours. We have done so successfully and provided both sustainable and affordable accommodation for around 3,000 students which resulted in benefits for the local community in terms of amenities and job creation.

In 2017 we won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Best Residential award for our Powis Place and also the Brick Awards student development in Aberdeen.

We have also been nominated for Best Refurbishment at the RIBA London Awards for our Southwark Town Hall student development in London.

At the December 2017 Student Accommodation Awards, Alumno was Highly Commended in the Best Developer Category.

Recent Experience

Below you can find a few examples of the exciting projects Alumno has worked on across the UK:

Alumno’s Track Record – Student Accommodation in Southwark

Alumno have extensive experience working with the London Borough of Southwark having provided three student schemes. These are at Hampton Street, Peckham Road and the former Soutwhark Townhall including Theatre Peckham.

Southwark Town Hall, for example, was completed in summer 2016 delivering 155 student rooms through good design and considerate 24hr management, while creating a café, affordable artist studios and a new state of the art home for Theatre Peckham.

We have also worked together with the Sceaux Garden community to create a public plaza to serve both the theatre and the welcoming entrance into the Sceaux garden estate.

Alumno In Other Cities – Focus on Placemaking

In 2017 we won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Best Residential award for our Powis Place and also the Brick Awards student development in Aberdeen.

We have also been nominated for Best Refurbishment at the RIBA London Awards for our Southwark Town Hall student development in London.

Norwich, All Saints Green included the refurbishment of an old coachhouse at the rear of the student accommodation.

We provided a public plaza, artwork with reference to the history of the building, high quality landscaping, updated amenities and a car share parking pocket.

The area is now very popular with neighbors and workers for stopping over at the Acorn café which took residency in the old coachhouse.

Durham, Sheraton Park included the creation of a new college community for Durham University, at the heart of the long term vision for Sheraton Park.

Set within an established residential community, the regeneration of a derelict Edwardian college site, blends sensitive renovation and alteration with modern intervention.

All stakeholders initial aspirations have been met, as a commitment to ongoing consultation was key.

The creation of new public parkland, sculpture garden and poetry wall has enhanced the local environment and allowed the new community to integrate.

Leamington Spa – The Union invigorates the channel path with art installation alongside and within a small pocket park.

Since completing the channel facing building and the landscape we realised how much this initiated a new lease of life for a previously underused part of Leamington Spa.

The sculptural art has been provided in very close collaboration with Anthony Frost who is an important and well known artist from Leamington Spa and was very well received by the city and the local community.

 

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