The perfect record of new Southside has fallen at the last hurdle, with residences and the union deeming the twin rooms to be too small. Southside has so far been a mostly perfect project, being delivered on time and on budget thanks to the off-site fabrication and just-in-time delivery process being used.
Concerns were first raised to Live! about the size of the rooms during the "Open House London" which saw the Southside site open to the public. Students expressed the opinion that the twins looked a bit small, which has now been confirmed with the core structure of the building completed. One of the widely-hailed benefits of the new buildings was greater capacity in smaller buildings, however the possibility of Southside twins becoming large singles would reduce this benefit.
The East Side building has now been redesigned to avoid the problem, with new planningg permission being sought. The new design is to have a smaller footprint than the old, so problems in the planning process are not expected.