Work to construct additional student accommodation in Coventry is continuing to take shape. The new student village is located on a gateway site close to Coventry University’s Prior Street Campus and will provide high quality living arrangements.
The 15,500sqm development has been designed by award-winning Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects and is currently being constructed by Galliford Try. Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects were appointed by Gateway Developments Ltd and planning permission was granted by Coventry City Council in January 2016.
When completed, the Paradise Street development will deliver an 893 room student village with a diverse range of study and social spaces to provide a high quality student residential experience. The design seeks to mediate between the changing urban scale of the surrounding townscape, which ranges from terraced townhouses along London Road (the City Ring Road) to an eleven storey scheme on Deasy Road.
Accommodation is arranged in a ‘ribbon’ development along London Road, reflecting the scale of the townhouses and providing a barrier to the busy road, creating a large landscaped courtyard behind. Three towers set above the development respond to the massing of the Deasy Road scheme. The towers are sculpted so as to maximise daylight and views from study bedrooms. The materials used reflect the surrounding townscape in a contemporary way, clad in multi-red brick with larch panels and grey aluminium windows to soften the façade.
In September 2017 Galliford Try’s Building East Midlands business was appointed by The Elite Group to a new £52.5 million contract to build the accommodation. Commenting on the contract award, Galliford Try East Midlands Managing Director Jon Marston said:
“We are delighted to have won this contract and continue to build on our strong reputation as a contractor both within Coventry and in the student accommodation sector. We look forward to working with The Elite Group to produce high-quality facilities for the students of Coventry to benefit from.”
AXO Student Living will manage the new facility. The company already runs accommodation in Coventry at 15–23 Paradise Street, Vincent Street as well as Sherbourne House and 1 Broad Lane which were also designed by Fraser Brown MacKenna.
Approximately 240 bedrooms are located within the townhouses, arranged over three floors, which offer shared kitchens, dining and living rooms. The towers provide a further 653 study bedrooms; 24 studio’ flats, self-contained study bedrooms incorporating a kitchenette.
The three towers, rising to ten, twelve and fourteen storeys, oversail the townhouses and are arranged so as to create courtyards of varying sizes between. Expressed in anodised aluminium cladding in a variegated matt, satin and semi-gloss finish to create variety and interest in the facade, the material treatment and texture celebrates the civic scale of the towers, whilst the colour binds the towers to the materiality of the townhouses at the urban scale below.
A new Common Room accessible to all will provide a shared social space at ground floor opening onto the courtyard. Outdoor games and cinema, provision for pop-up catering facilities would provide this democratic space with the fizz required for modern student living.
The courtyards are generously landscaped and their size and scale has been based on an analysis of university quadrangles from around the UK. Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects have sought to create a collegiate atmosphere whilst creating an active, social space.
Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects was founded 1991. The award-winning practice has built a strong reputation for delivering successful results on a variety of high profile projects. To find out more, please visit www.fbmarchitects.com.