Elmstead Place, Colchester
With the needs of continuing students very much in mind, this 136 bedroom direct let development will provide living accommodation primarily in the form of 3 storey townhouses alongside a smaller number of studio flats. The development is extremely well located being immediately opposite the University of Essex’s Colchester campus with cycle routes and regular buses giving access into the town centre and to campus facilities.
Recognising that students often look to move out of traditional halls for their second and third years of study, our Colchester development will provide 15 self-contained town houses fronting onto a central landscaped green. The townhouses will all feature en-suite facilities alongside generous kitchen/living rooms on the ground floor and we expect them to appeal particularly to friendship groups as an alternative to the traditional HMO offering.
A separate block on site will provide a common room for use by all students, a shared laundry, reception facilities, parcel storage, staff office , cycle and bin storage. On the first floor of that block are a further 10 studio flats and a one bedroomed flat, ideal for mature or international students.
The design of the buildings and choice of materials seek to be respectful of the nearby residential properties and the landscaped external realm will help to create an attractive setting which we believe will be extremely popular with students, providing the opportunity to experience off campus living whilst still retaining the advantages that come from living in a purpose built student environment.