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Internal News - 24 May 2006

Plans for state-of-the-art student residences on campus

Plans to build state-of-the art student residences on campus have been approved by the Estates Committee. If planning permission is approved, the new courtyard accommodation will be ready for students in September 2008.

The new project, an extension to the Eastwood student housing village to the east of Solsbury Court, will provide over 350 bedrooms arranged in groups to form self-catering flats, a dedicated post graduate block and flats for resident tutors.

The proposed ‘E’ shape plan forms a three sided courtyard open to Bushey Norwood, making a pleasant space for students to study and socialise out of doors. The building works will be accompanied by a range of landscape enhancements including tree planting, improvements to habitat for wildlife and repairs to the old dry stone boundary wall.

Commenting on the new proposals, Patrick Finch, Director of Estates, said: “This housing project aims to set new standards for the campus in quality, accessibility and environmental performance.

“As with the recent 4 West project, the building will be formally assessed under the Building Research Assessment’s BREEAM Environmental Award Scheme and we are striving for an ‘excellent’ rating.

“There is great sensitivity about the location on the edge of the campus adjoining the South Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the design of both buildings and landscaping has been carefully considered to ensure that it deals sympathetically with the campus boundary.”

Jane Loveys, Head of Accommodation and Hospitality Services, indicated that the project would achieve a new standard for residential accommodation on site. She said: “The size of the rooms has been increased to accommodate a larger bed and an easy chair to improve comfort; additional social space has been provided within the kitchens to give both dining and relaxing areas that will meet the needs of both students and conference delegates.”

If Planning Consent is forthcoming, construction work should commence in November 2006 and contractors are currently being sought under the European Union Procurement Regulations.

The project has been designed by James Middleton-Stewart and Melanie Jacobsen of the Yeovil office of Architects Design Partnership (ADP). The project team also includes Northcroft as Project Manager and Cost Consultant, Martin Stockley Associates as Civil and Structural Engineers, Halcrow as Services Engineers, and Grant Associates as Landscape Designers.

For further information on the project, please contact Patrick Finch, Director of Estates, on Ext 5516 or email