Torquay House

Redevelopment of a compact existing site adjacent to an operational petrol station and the elevated West Way in the City of Westminster to provide a new 13-storey, 158-room building for use the by London Hostels Association. The rooms are a combination of micro flats, en-suite rooms and accessible rooms to provide low cost short-term accommodation for workers and students.

Demolition of the previous building and heavy sub-structure works were timed to coincide with the refurbishment of the petrol station to avoid the risk of damage to the neighbour’s sensitive infrastructure.

The structure is a reinforced concrete frame with flat slabs supported on CFA piles. Pre-cast concrete columns, Twinwall lift cores and pre-cast concrete cladding panels with integrated windows were used with just-in-time deliveries to speed up construction and reduce the storage of materials on the space limited site.

Completed 2015.

Project Information


London Hostels Association Ltd


MJP Architects




Peter Durant


Civic Trust Award, Commendation 2016