Dominus has secured a planning approval to develop a student accommodation scheme in the City of London, UK. The company intends to replace the current five-storey building at 65 Crutched Friars with a 21-storey building to accommodate 769 student bedrooms, of which 35% will be categorised as affordable housing. The existing five-storey office building was constructed in 1984.
The scheme at 65 Crutched Friars will create a new permanent home for the Migration Museum, currently based in Lewisham, over three floors including exhibition and event space, a cafe and shop. The Museum explores how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has made us who we are – as individuals and as a nation. It will include an educational outreach programme to engage with diverse communities across London and the UK.
City of London Corporation Planning Applications Sub-Committee Chairman Shravan Joshi said: “This development will bring new life to the eastern part of the City and an economic boost to the Square Mile. As a melting pot of different nationalities and backgrounds, the City is a fitting home for the Migration Museum as it celebrates diversity and inclusion. This is a key part of the City’s success so we are proud to provide a permanent home for the Migration Museum given its national significance. It will also add to our existing cultural offer and support our Destination City vision to make the Square Mile a seven-day-a-week visitor destination. We carefully considered, including through an independent review, the possibility of retaining this site for office use, whether through refurbishing or rebuilding, but our conclusion was that such a scheme would not be financially viable, therefore a change of use was appropriate in this case.”
Sophie Henderson, CEO of the Migration Museum, said: “We are delighted to have secured this opportunity for a permanent home for the Migration Museum. We are creating Britain's missing museum, exploring how the movement of people to and from the City, London and the UK has shaped who we all are today – as individuals, as communities and as nations. And there is no more fitting location for the Migration Museum than in the heart of the City of London, Britain's gateway to the world for thousands of years. The Migration Museum will be an inspiring venue for diverse audiences from across the City, London and beyond to come together to explore, discuss and reflect on key questions around migration, identity and belonging; a go-to destination for schools, a resonant setting for training and skills-building and a relevant, welcoming space for a host of activities for the many communities we serve."