Xenia Student Hostel, Waterloo, London SE1


Major refurbishment and expansion to a student halls of residence

Christian Alliance Centre (Xenia) in Waterloo for Chapter 1 Charity Ltd Housing Association is a £6.3m major refurbishment and extension project of an existing student hostel. Completed in June 2012 over 19 months, the project consisted of upgrading existing student bedrooms with en-suite facilities, adding a new six-storey central wing extension and a new floor at roof level to provide a total of 144 bedrooms. The project also included a new office space for the headquarters of Chapter 1, a new conference centre and communal spaces for the students. By rationalising the internal and external spaces, the design created a courtyard garden offering peace and contemplation.

The client is a community based charity whose main operation is to provide accommodation and related support services to help vulnerable people with 40 projects across England. Xenia is their only commercial project that generates income to support their wider portfolio. The client’s vision for Xenia was to provide a home from home for students based on Greek concept of hospitality and generosity and to create an active community in the area.

Awards received-
2012 – Shortlisted for the RICS Regional Award


Major refurbishment and expansion to a student halls of residence

Project details


Phase 1: Chapter 1 Charity Ltd Housing Association Phase 2: Salvation Army Housing Association

Start date

Phase 1: January 2011 - Phase 2: Jan 2018

Completion date

Phase 1: June 2012 - Phase 2: Sept 2018

Gross Internal Floor Area


Construction cost

Phase 1: £6.3m - Phase 2: Unknown

Project partners

Lengard Ltd
Sinclair Johnston & Partners Ltd
PSP Construction Consultants
SURE Engineering

“Chapter 1 received an excellent service from P&H. Kept us well informed and channels of communication were good. P&H always had the clients’ best interest at the forefront of the project”

Ged Sutcliffe, Director of Social Enterprise