The Welsh coastal town has seen a boom in student numbers in recent years and the conversion of a town centre Crown Building is the latest in a string of student developments.
With a redevelopment of the building by the client ‘Hacer Developments Ltd’, worth over £2million, the Crown Building has been given an internal makeover with lightweight partition systems and ceilings systems enabling the student rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and common rooms being formed and fitted out with furniture including wi-fi.
Each grouping of rooms has a common room and there are also two ambient disabled rooms on the ground floor, an office and laundry are adjacent to main entrance and 12 car parking spaces, including two disabled spaces, motor cycles parking and cycle parking.
Speaking about the development Graham David, Consultant at Powell Dobson Architects said:
“We went through the whole exercise with Aberystwyth Student Union involvement, who were very helpful and encouraging; their i[put was very helpful to the process of design.”
“The development began in July 2012 and was completed and opened to students in January this year.
“The location of the new accommodation is excellent; being located on the main thoroughfare between the town, the hospital and the university.
“Whilst the Crown Building is some 40 years old, it is constructed with a concrete frame and are generally in good condition, subsequently construction costs were probably about 50% of what it would have been to build new.”
When asked what the project meant to the practice, Graham added:
“Whilst it may not have been one of our biggest projects, it was very interesting because it was the redevelopment of an existing disused office building, it required a considerable level of skill to re-plan to suit the new brief and effective construction work to convert and upgrade to current standards.”
Powell Dobson Architects has offices in Cardiff, Swansea and London and undertakes a complete range of projects from student accommodation, office, leisure, education, industrial and conservation works.
Now in its fifth decade, the Practice has developed, within its organisation, such disciplines as Urban Design and Interior Design to complement its already established and recognised architectural skills.
For more information about the practice and to see some of their previous projects visit: www.powelldobson.com.
Let Us Furnish
Established by Teifion Morgan in 2004, Let Us Furnish is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of furniture packs and contract furniture.
The core business of the company is in providing full furnishings for student accommodation and buy to let properties.
Most recently the firm provided all the furnishings for the Crown Building Student Accommodation in Aberystwyth.
Speaking about what Let Us Furnish prides itself on as a business Teifion said:
“We have grown as a company by being professional, reliable and providing quality furniture with an extremely high level of service, all achieved whilst giving the customer excellent value for money.”