An exciting conversion and new build project will create 98 state-of-the-art studio apartments at 116-120 Talbot Street.
The scope of the project includes the refurbishment of an existing Georgian house which has been completely transformed in order to provide ten self-contained postgraduate studio apartments, all of which are en suite.
External works have included the cleaning of the brick face façade and the replacement of the existing windows with Georgian timber double-glazed windows that comply with the current insulation regulations. All external materials have been retained and upgraded, including the existing slate roof.
The new-build element of the scheme has seen the construction of a modern development that comprises three wings of six, four and two storeys. Boasting an impressive 88 studios, the new building will incorporate a range of sustainable features, including rainwater harvesting for the en-suite toilets, solar panels to provide hot water and photovoltaic cells to generate electricity. An additional facility is the laundrette, which is located on the ground floor.
An interesting aspect of the design is an innovative louvre system that will provide shade and protection from overheating, whilst also minimising the effect of noise created by the surrounding streets. The louvres are set in random arrangements, which has in turn created a striking architectural design.
A two-storey link connects the six and four-storey sections together. The link features vertical planting, which is intended to mimic the large park located behind the development whilst providing an additional green space.
KKE Architects Ltd designed the building and the main contractor for the project is GB Building Solutions.
Director of KKE Architects, Jorge Eguiguren commented:
“This project involved a long planning process working closely with the Nottingham City Planners who were keen to see a landmark building in the centre of the city. The project is progressing well and GB Building Solutions Limited are doing an excellent job.
“The developers, Romiga Studios, have played an extremely important role in the development of the building. It has been extremely satisfying to work with a developer who is committed to the provision of high quality accommodation for students.”
About KKE Architects
KKE Architects is an award-winning, Worcester-based practice specialising in health, education and landscape design. We pride ourselves on a thoughtful, listening approach to clients and their challenges and on the creation of bespoke, innovative designs which are sensitive to location, environment and the needs of the project’s end users.
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