Planning permission has been granted to develop a new 275 bed student accommodation on the site of the existing Mount Pleasant office building in the centre of the historic city of Cambridge.
This new building will be leased to and operated by St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge and has been designed in close consultation with the college whose grounds are immediately adjacent. The living accommodation has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the college’s graduate student body, in particular a large standard en-suite study bedroom of 17.5m² which provides additional space for seating and storage. The development will also include a number of studio flats along with ancillary accommodation.
The planning and design environment around this particular development were of paramount importance and any proposals needed to be respectful of the buildings setting and its context within the West Cambridge Conservation area. Through an iterative design process that has been responsive to public consultation and feedback from the local authority, we have secured planning consent for a development that will improve what is a prominent site and replace a car dependent development with one that is focussed on walking, cycling and public transport.
In response to a shortage of purpose built student accommodation in Winchester this development will provide 211 premium single study en-suite bedrooms in cluster flats of 7-9 bedrooms along with 28 studio flats.
Designed for the direct let market, the hall, which will be ready for the start of the 2017 academic year, will provide much needed accommodation aimed primarily at students of the nearby Winchester School of Art.
Osborne Developments identified and acquired the site before securing planning consent. The site is located on the edge of a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and which resulted in a challenging planning process .
Portfield: A new low density student village on the edge of Chichester.
Planning permission has been granted to transform our disused brownfield site at Portsfield Trading Estate into a 521 bed high quality en-suite accommodation aimed at the direct let market
Approximate GDV: £20 million
The scheme fulfils the local need to reduce pressure on the existing housing stock. The scale, massing and design of the development is respectful of the location with low rise, low density provision of nine 2-3 storey buildings within a landscaped ‘village square’ setting around a central student hub.
The sustainable greened campus environment will support the University’s strategic aim to offer internationally recognised high quality, student-centred education. Beneficial impacts will be felt by the wider economy with the continued growth of the university as a major local employer.
With planning consent secured in principle, the detailed design is progressing with constriction due to start. The buildings will facilitate social interaction between students, through the inclusion of generous kitchen/dining rooms with soft seating areas for socialising or gaming. There will be a reception area with post and parcel collection, well designed student common facilities, landscaped grounds with outside seating and a BBQ area for use by the students.
Built on the site of a former warehouse this new hall is a good excellent example of brownfield development and the regeneration of an underused city centre site. By maximising the developable land through careful design we have created an efficient building in a highly sustainable location.
Designed for the direct let market this development is immediately adjacent to Winchester’s mainline railway station and less than a mile from the University of Winchester’s Sparkford Road campus. The location allows students direct access to city centre facilities including nearby convenience stores, gym and food outlets.
Arranged over 3 separate blocks the development provides 257 bedrooms built to BREEAM Excellent standards. Rooms comprise 196 single study en-suite bedrooms arranged in clusters of 6-8 with a shared kitchen alongside 61 self contained studio flats. Shared facilities include laundry and common/group study space.
The location, adjacent to operational railway assets brought particular design, specification and construction challenges. But using the in-house expertise of our Rail Infrastructure business we have gained the necessary Network Rail approvals without impacting on programme. The relocation of existing telecoms infrastructure further complicated the process but by working in partnership with the various stakeholders we have been able to satisfy concerns and also bring tangible benefits including the construction of a new pedestrian access to the railway station where previously passengers walked along an unlit road.
Winchester students will take possession of their rooms for the start of the 2018 academic year.