Construction commences for Teesside University Student Accommodation Scheme
01 April 2019
Napper Architects are delighted to report that construction work has commenced for the 300 unit Student Accommodation development in Middlesbrough. This marks a remarkably quick design process with pencil first put to paper in October 2018.
The £21.4m project, designed by Napper Architects, seeks to enhance the existing Teesside University Campus with increased accommodation options thus further developing the international reputation of the University. The proposed building is to accommodate 300 ensuite rooms that are arranged in 48 clusters with shared contemporary living spaces that are ultimately centred around a new communal landscaped courtyard. The stepped form of the building responds to the larger University buildings to the west and the lower residential streets to the east. Communal facilities include a gym, laundry, movie room, and study area, all providing excellent facilities creating a vibrant central hub where students can meet others from different clusters. Access to the building will be via an entrance on the southwest corner of the plot between Woodlands Road and Southfield Road with strong visual linkage along the existing pedestrianised element of Southfield Road into the University Campus. The University facilities of the Library and Students Union are a mere 300m walk away.
A BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ has been targeted for the project with sedum roofs and photovoltaic panels complimenting the green courtyard space. The heating system has also been designed to enable future connection to a district heating system.
David Wingfield, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction NE said: "Cornell has been taken from project inception to site in just six months and this efficiency is a huge testament to our team’s expertise and the strength of our relationship with the University."