In response to a growth in graduate student numbers, the project comprised the demolition of existing office accommodation and construction of three new accommodation blocks for the College, incorporating 30 new student bedrooms, 5 self-contained flats, communal spaces, and associated landscaping.
The accommodation blocks are constructed of piled foundations, blockwork, precast concrete stairs and flooring planks, and an I-beam roofing structure with copper roofing finishes. With a focus on sustainability, crush material generated by the demolition of an existing building on the site was re-used for the new blocks. This also represented a significant cost saving to the client.
We maintained strong communication with College and wider community throughout the course of the works, issuing regular newsletters with site updates, attending progress events for local residents and College donors, and holding a Topping Out Ceremony.
The project was shortlisted for the AJ Architecture Award in the Higher Education Project of the Year Category.
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