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Justice Mill Studios Reaches Practical Completion

The Swiss Embassy

DML have been appointed by the Swiss Government to undertake Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Contract Administration roles for the restructuring of the Swiss Embassy in London.  DML were successful through an open tender competition run by the Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (FOBL) in Bern, Switzerland.


The Swiss Embassy in London has been centrally located in Marylebone for 100 years. After more than 50 years of operation in it’s current location and numerous adjustments made, the existing buildings, some of which are listed, need a complete renovation. 

The project aims to take into account the values ​​of a cosmopolitan and modern Switzerland, deal sensitively with the historical structure of the building and also reposition the Embassy at the heart of UK relations.  One of the most important requirements will be to design in such a way that meets the demands of the different users of the building.  In addition to the embassy, ​​the ambassador's apartment and other apartments, the building also contains workspaces that are used by Switzerland Tourism and other Swiss stakeholders. By retaining the existing structural elements - in particular the external facades - the project keeps the redesign effort within limits, which will support in meeting the high sustainability ambitions of the Swiss Government. 

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Moira House gets planning at Eastbourne


10th October 2023

DML are pleased to be involved as equity investors in this prestigious scheme.

Moira House, known as Roedean Moira House School, came to market following permanent closure of the school in 2020.  It sits within the Meads Conservation Area of Eastbourne within easy reach of the town centre and abutting the South Downs National Park.

A JV consortium led by AndCompany and Knightsbridge Capital secured exclusivity to purchase the site at the end of 2020.  DML, along with a small group of investors, provided the equity to purchase the site and fund the re-development of the buildings for private residential use.

The professional team included Jo Saady of Ecotecture as Architect who has strong ecological credentials and experience in heritage assets.  

The resulting proposal involved the sympathetic conversion of the three old school buildings into 52 homes comprising 33 apartments, 2 houses and 17 new build family houses with dedicated parking, landscaping, communal amenity space and play space.  The development creates a new sense of place with a new street and three distinct Gothically influenced houses that retain the character of existing Moira House, Boston House and Dunn House.  This is mixed with smaller units and timber barn influenced houses.  A big rear car park was also key to the design and in keeping with resident needs. However, the car strategy hides the majority of parking provision in an undercroft with a large bee friendly green space to screen it.

The application was unanimously approved by Eastbourne Planning Committee in May 2022 after extensive and open public consultation Viability and S106 obligations have been closed out under Reserved Matters over the summer.  

The project represents a healthy return for equity shareholders over an 18-month investment period.  Work continues with DML on an exit strategy and wider procurement plan and delivery programme.

Moira House

Planning Consent for PBSA Conversion Obtained in Aberdeen


11th May 2022

DML have obtained a Planning Consent to convert a Travelodge Hotel in Aberdeen into Purpose Built Student Accommodation.  Working with the owner and client, Sydney and London Properties Limited, DML have managed a design team over the last year to secure a change of use permission for a 107 bedroom luxury scheme.  The conversion will deliver generous amenity spaces including club lounges, study rooms, gym, cinema, laundry, private dining room, communal facilities, cycle storage and meeting rooms. 


The scheme is sympathetic to the existing building in order to achieve as little disruption as possible.  It is hoped that this site can be the first of many such conversions, providing a more sustainable means of modern student accommodation.


Sydney & London Properties Limited Chairman Richard Anning said “ we have worked with DML on several projects in the past and they continue to provide a comprehensive and personalised service to a very high standard”.

DML Director Rachel Warren said “we are delighted to have achieved this important milestone in the project.  Delivering high quality purpose built student accommodation is a sector in which DML have specialised in recent years.  To enable the refurbishment and repurposing of buildings as well for owners and clients is something that is going to become ever more important with the green agenda and circular economy.”

The full team was made up of :

  • TP Bennett – Architects and Interior Designers,

  • Rydens – Planning Consultants

  • DSSR – MEP

  • Curtins – Structural Engineers,

  • CPMC – Daylighting and Sun lighting,

  • CSP – Noise consultants

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12 - 13 Greek Street reaches Practical Completion


26th April 2022

Practical completion for the eight affordable apartments at 12-13 Greek Street within the wider Soho Estates development of Ilona Rose House was achieved at the beginning of April.  


Previously known as Portland House, the building dates from the 17th century, having been re-fronted with stucco in the early to mid-19th century. The scheme retains the façade of the existing building, and extends the building by one level.


Four levels of two bed apartments plus roof top plant are provided. At ground floor, a cycle and bin store are provided for residents. A paved pedestrian walkway has been created linking the entrance at Greek Street to the new James Court area – this will be a new bustling courtyard for restaurants and cafés on completion of the wider development.    

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Egham & Edinburgh
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Straits Garden, Egham


4th August 2021

DML have been appointed as Employer’s Agent on the Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) scheme on Egham High Street.  DML will work on behalf of the Joint Venture between Q Investment Partners (QIP) and HG Developments. 


The proposed development comprises the demolition of 40 – 44a High Street Egham and the erection of a TP Bennett designed four storey building comprising of 107 student units along with ancillary student facilities along with two flexible commercial units (A1-A3) with a combined GIA floorspace of 239sqm.  The scheme will be built by HG Developments construction arm, HG Construction.


Due for completion in time for the 2022 academic intake, the scheme will provide state of the art accommodation for students of Royal Holloway University situated 1 mile from the site.


The appointment continues DML’s relationship with QIP following the delivery of Straits Manor in Sheffield in 2019 and Straits Village in Nottingham in 2021.

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Straits Medow, Edinburgh


3rd August 2021

DML have been working on behalf of Q Investment Partners (QIP) as Project Monitor for the Purpose Build Student Accommodation scheme on London Road in Edinburgh.  A joint venture between QIP and HG Developments, DML have been acting on behalf of the Singapore based fund reviewing construction progress and construction commercial performance.


Phase 1 of the Jefferson Sheard Ltd designed scheme consisting of 198 beds is due to be delivered in time for the 2021 academic intake.  The scheme is being delivered by Clark Contracts. 


Phase 2 has recently received planning approval and will consist of a further 76 beds and be completed for the 2022 academic intake.  DML will continue their Project Monitoring role on Phase 2 as well.


The appointment continues DML’s relationship with QIP following the delivery of Straits Manor in Sheffield in 2019 and Straits Village in Nottingham in 2021.

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Ilona Rose House

Ilona Rose House Shell and Core Achieves Practical Completion


21st May 2021

Under a Construction Management contract, with Sir Robert McAlpine,  Phase 2 Shell and Core of Ilona Rose House successfully reached Practical Completion in May 2021 on time and on budget. 

DML’s Project Management and Quantity Surveying team now enter management of Phase 3 with Faithdean, which consists of highways works, Landlord and tenant fit outs. 

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IRH Shell Completion
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Huntingdon Street Completes


17th June 2021

The 123 Huntingdon Street Project, now known as Straits Village, completed in March 2021.  DML acted as Development Manager, Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Employers Agent on behalf of Client Q Investment Partners based in Singapore.


It marks the end of a 4-year engagement which saw DML involved in the land purchase, planning application and approval, design process, procurement and managing the contractor on site.  DML were also an investor in the scheme itself. 


The project has delivered 300 high-quality purpose-built student accommodation rooms in a campus style scheme with a range of communal spaces including lounge, study, games room, cinema, private dining room and sky lounge.  The quality of the project was of the upmost importance with the scheme now marketed under the Prestige Student Living Brand of operator Homes for Students.  Rooms will cost from £150 to £199 per week targeted at students of both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.


DML were heavily involved throughout the project with the development finance process and monthly drawdowns with Maslow Capital and the transfer to investment finance facility with Invesco in April 2021.


The scheme was designed by Glenn Howells with Structa providing Structural and Civil Engineering and March Ltd the MEP engineering services.


Courtyard view of 123 Huntingdon Street Project

HS Completes

View of proposed colonnade from Aldgate East Station entrance.

Planning Application submitted for major office redevelopment in the heart of Aldgate


25th January 2021

We are proud to be involved in a revised planning application submitted in December 2020 to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on behalf of Alliance Properties & South Street Asset Management.  DML has led the planning process for the regeneration of an under-utilised site on the corner of Commercial Street and Whitechapel High Street into a world class, commercial development designed by leading architects, Foster + Partners.  The scheme incorporates 350,000 ft² of grade A office floor space including 40,000 ft² of affordable work space and a vibrant mix of retail and public realm at ground level that will benefit the local community.  The site is conveniently located next to Aldgate East underground station and with easy access to the forthcoming opening of the new Whitechapel Crossrail station.   
This high quality landmark scheme is driven by continued demand from technology, media, finance and telecoms occupiers who are attracted to invest and locate in the heart of Aldgate. 


The planning application for 101 Whitechapel High Street is expected to be determined during Q2 2021.  Further details and our vision for the community can be viewed here.

Aldgate Application

Ilona Rose House

Construction Continues at Ilona Rose House


25th January 2020

DML is engaged as project manager and quantity surveyor for this landmark scheme located on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Manette Street. The 300,000 ft² new-build, mixed-use scheme is well underway with another major milestone soon to be achieved by GIG Fassaden, who are delivering a bespoke moulded GRC and pressed bronze face. 


25th April 2019

On April 18th, we celebrated the topping out of our new Purpose-Built Student Accommodation building under construction in Sheffield with main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland.  The scheme, known as Straits Manor, sits on West Street, perfectly placed for students wanting the convenience of being close to university campus but with the buzz and independence of city centre living.  This is an important milestone for the project and marks the completion of the superstructure.  Works now progress through the summer to complete the remaining fit out ahead of official opening in September 2019.


DML Project Manager Rory McGovern said “This is an exciting landmark for DML and our investment partner, QIP, who are funding this development. Focus can now turn to curating the internal space and delivering high quality bedrooms and all-inclusive facilities that will create a real sense of community”.


Straits Manor is a 284 bed PBSA scheme located between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University on West Street.  The design incorporates both studio and en-suite bedrooms, in-house cinema, gym, private dining, games and study rooms, outdoor courtyard space and cycle parking.  DML is acting as development manager for Q Investment Partners, a Singapore based investment fund.  We are also delivering a 300 bed PBSA scheme in Nottingham which is due for completion in September 2020.

Huntington Street


15th November 2019

On Monday, 4 November 2019, Straits Manor achieved Practical Completion (PC). DML assisted QIP in the role of project manager, quantity surveyor, and development manager to deliver the scheme alongside main contractor, Bowmer and Kirkland. The site provides 284 premium student beds on West Street, in the heart of Sheffield.

The site is now fully operational. For further enquiries, contact the facility operator, Prestige Living. Please click here to access their website.


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Huntington Street Takes Shape


11th November 2019

Main contractor, Robertson is progressing well with the erection of Huntingdon Street's concrete frame. The Nottingham scheme will comprise 300 student beds over 4 buildings, with the 5-storey building soon to top-out, and the 8-storey marker building following closely behind. The completion of the concrete works will mark a significant milestone in the project programme, with the brickwork, window, and services packages to commence shortly after. The project is on track for its planned launch September 2020.

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