Dual use consent granted for Vastint UK’s Sugar House Island

Dual use consent granted for Vastint UK’s Sugar House Island

Today, Vastint UK has secured dual use consent for two new class A office buildings, within the 26-Acre mixed-use development Sugar House Island in London Stratford. The dual use approval allows higher education providers as well as commercial businesses to operate from the buildings.

The planning consent reflects the growing demand for space in Stratford amongst the education sector, with education accounting for 69% of the total take-up of space in the area last year, up from 21% in 2021*. This is expected to accelerate further in 2024, fuelled by the recent opening of UCL East at the nearby East Bank development.

Michael Cronin, Head of Portfolio at Vastint UK, said, “Sugar House Island is a 15-year project for Vastint. Given the length of the development programme, having dual use consent on two of our largest office buildings in the neighbourhood means we can allow for the flexibility required to respond to market demands and the needs of the businesses within our community. Moreover, an integrated education and business community grants the influx of innovative and creative industries coming to Stratford access to their target talent pool.”

The buildings that have been awarded dual use consent are located within Chimney Walk, Sugar House Island’s fourth and latest phase of development which completed this February. The Two buildings, ‘The Ink House’ and ‘Colour Works’, are located within Chimney Walk, Sugar House Islands fourth and latest phase of development, which reached Practical Completion earlier this month.

Chimney Walk comprises education and office commercial space, and retail and leisure space for independent brands. The pedestrianised public realm will act as a stage for the growth of the Island’s already popular events programme, which features food pop ups, comedy nights, music events and more.


*Savills Spotlight: The growth of the education sector in London and South East office market, May 2023