The new student accommodation, R1 and R2 Buildings is designed to be flexible, functional and private — yet connected to the informal learning spaces and new social and service spaces of 1 Central Courtyard Building.
R1 and R2 provide 342 beds of what is a 1,000-bed student accommodation development across five buildings.
The plan promotes a sense of community beyond the individual, by breaking down the 1,000 beds into smaller manageable buildings; each with their own identity, entry and character, with the added benefit of being able to stage the development into smaller lots.
Each student accommodation building is connected at the lower ground for service access, at the Courtyard level from a new residential courtyard for normal day-to-day entry to welcoming lobbies, and at Wally’s Walk level, ensuring connection to the whole precinct.
Each building enjoys an outlook to landscaped grounds, sunlight, privacy and amenity, together with private study, communal study and informal recreation and social spaces at change points in the plan.
The building facade features a porcelain cladding by Frontek. Not only is the extruded porcelain cladding easy to maintain, but it also responds to the Brutalist context of the University with its earthy colour and texture.
Floor plans provide a flexible bed mix across years, from multi-bed apartments to single studios, and a range of opportunities for self-catering, communal cooking inside apartments or alongside communal lounges, or the provision of college dining facilities.