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Plan of an R5 student bedroom
Plan of an R5 student bedroom

Internal News - 31 August 2006

Estates exhibits plans for proposed student accommodation

The Department of Estates is running an exhibition about the proposed extension to the Eastwood student housing village, to be constructed to the east of Solsbury Court.

The exhibition, which includes plans and images, is currently on show in the Claverton Rooms.

The new project is intended to provide 359 bedrooms to complement Marlborough and Solsbury Court which were completed in 2003. The rooms, a mixture of under- and postgraduate accommodation, are in self-catering flats.

The proposed ‘E’ shape plan forms a three-sided courtyard open to Bushey Norwood to create 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.”

A detailed planning application has been submitted and, if all goes well, the new bedrooms should be available for occupation in September 2008.

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