Building area: 1,200m2
Contract period: 2018 – 2019
Project Value: £5.5m
Bond Bryan have been appointed to develop the design for a two-storey student accommodation development – ‘The Homestead’ – situated within the grounds of Oaklands College. This is part of a £50m regeneration scheme, aiming to replace the outdated buildings in order to revive the area, as well as to meet modern expectations.
The proposed plans are to build a two-storey, 83-bedroom student residential unit, which will house students and help to encourage a permanent student presence within the grounds.
The en suite bedrooms consist of 4 wheelchair-accessible rooms and 2 wardens rooms, as well as student kitchens, a student Social Learning Space, collaborative workspaces, lounge areas, a pastoral space and drying rooms.
Materials – such as zinc cladding, brick and clay tiles – have been utilised in order to replicate the agricultural nature of the site and to resonate the ‘Barn’ architecture. The design aims to reflect its agricultural
and greenbelt setting with its use of materials – including a material palette of brick, timber and slate – as well as natural-themed designs such as the naturally-ventilated bedrooms.
The project has also to deliver the construction of the car park, which will service the entire site, as well as providing landscape enhancement works for the western side of the Oaklands College Site.
The existing building is to be fully refurbished with the operational accommodation and appliance bays being retained at ground floor level.
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