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Press Release - 07 June 2006

Environmentally-advanced student residences planned on campus

Plans to build new, environmentally-advanced student residences on its Claverton campus have been announced by the University of Bath.

If planning permission is approved, the new ‘courtyard-style’ accommodation for over 350 students will be ready in September 2008.

This scheme is needed to house the growing number of students on the campus, a reflection of government policy of getting a half of young people into higher education. It will also help to reduce pressure on housing stock and traffic elsewhere in Bath.

The new project will provide student 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 site abuts Green Belt land and 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.

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.”

If planning consent is forthcoming, construction work should begin in November 2006 and contractors are 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.


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