Written by Mike Hall Regional Director and Board Director

The mixed use scheme addresses an increasing demand for luxury student accommodation to provide for the students of Essex University - a renowned research university with over
11,000 students.

This impressive development provides accommodation for 765 student beds, retail units, a restaurant and bar, as well as a public communal amenity space. The building comprises active and engaging frontages to enhance the public realm and create a fresh and exciting atmosphere for local residents and students. Off-site modular construction techniques were used to provide structural modular room pods which form the primary structure of the building. This modular approach realises a number of benefits, including factory-quality internal finishes, fast erection and cost and programme certainty.

Sector(s)

  • Student Accommodation

Value
£36m

Client(s)
JR Pickstock

Location
Colchester

Design

The scale of the development responds to the height form and massing of existing surrounding buildings to successfully integrate, relate and enhance the landscape of the area and to ensure it is in keeping with its context and the character of the locality.

In-use

In essence the two building elements combine to form a number of quite different spaces which according to their use go hand in hand with the surrounding amenity spaces surrounding them.

The Team

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