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The Palm House\

Sleep in your room, live in the building

London's first purpose-built shared living development completes in Harrow.

Shared living offers an alternative way to experience the city.

Yet unlike previous shared living schemes – which adapted existing buildings or planning permissions to facilitate shared living – The Palm House is a new and purpose-built building offering 222 units designed to offer residents an enhanced communal way of living.

Through thoughtful design and extensive research, The Palm House provides high-quality private units and bespoke shared amenities that support residents’ personal wellbeing and professional growth.

Unique design characteristics are peppered throughout the building to differentiate the space for residents. These include circular windows to some of the residential units – giving a playful nod to the Izvestiya building by Grigory Barkhin – while graffiti art illuminates the exposed concrete of the reception, gym and circulation cores.

The new, eight-storey building provides workspace, event space, and a screening room (all accessible via a residents’ app), as well as a gym at first-floor level and café at lower level.

Residential units include a bed, storage, en suite bathroom, and kitchenette, as well as shared kitchen facilities centralised at the top of the building which are easily accessible to all residents. A well-equipped facility for cooking and dining, the space increases sociability and interactive circulation around the building. This kitchen is adjoined by a roof terrace, which boasts far-reaching views out across London, while a second roof terrace has been created on the 5th floor, which can be used for small events.

“The Palm House is the first of its kind. The research that we undertook while developing the designs for this building has helped shape what has become the GLA's emerging policy for shared living, which is being published this year.”

Greg Moss Partner and Residential Sector Lead, Hawkins\Brown

“We are immensely proud of this project and it stands as a beacon for regeneration in the local area.”

Neil MacLeod Partner, Halcyon Development Partners

Project Summary

Project Team

Operator: Folk Co-living
Funder: OLIV (DTZi Investors)
Contractor: Claritas Group
Architect: Hawkins\Brown
Services Engineer: Applied Energy
Daylight & Sunlight: eb7
Structural Engineer: Engenuiti
Planning: DP9
Landscape Architect: DK-CM
Consultation: Kanda
Environmental Assessment: Mayer Brown Limited

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