The Design & Build project was initiated from our previous student accommodation projects in this area of Canterbury that have spanned over a 10-year period. A new client approached us back in 2010 with a view to negotiate the build of their own student accommodation housing blocks. We worked closely with the new client to construct phase 1 in 2012 and then followed phase 2 with completion a few years later in 2015.
The works on phases 3 & 4 were carefully planned, due to the proximity of the previously completed phases and careful management of the traffic and pedestrian movements of the existing students. The addition of approximately 50 studio apartments was completed August 2016.
We lead the team architects and structural engineers through from the planning stage to completion and had regular co-ordination meetings with the client.
The construction methods used for all these phases have been piling and ring beam sub-structures with traditional masonry walls decoratively clad with panels and a fibreglass or single ply membrane roof. Sprinkler systems are also included, which are now becoming a standard fixture in this type of development. Each phase has incorporated various levels of renewable energy including PV panels.