The design brief outlined by the client was to optimise the potential of the site by exploring options for a new high quality student accommodation scheme. However, due to its location the scheme was encompassed by planning sensitives from the outset. The Local Planning Authority became extremely engaged with the design proposal, in particular with regards to function and appearance
Close collaboration with the design team, local authority and stakeholders enabled JM Architects to develop a design solution befitting of the clients ethos. By analysing the existing conditions and understanding the requirements of the proposal the scale, massing and materiality was developed through detail design to complement its surrounding environment whilst meeting the requirements of the client.
The clients brief and requirements for the site were met, with one homogenous unit tailored towards the postgraduate market being the preferred option. Each of the 259 bed spaces situated over four and five stories are self-contained apartments with one’s own kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. The scheme was completed in August 2015 with Unite taking up a 12 month operational contract from the Crosslane Group. In September 2015 the first intake of student resided within the building.