New accommodation for University of Exeter students, designed by LHC and built by Midas, provides purpose designed, energy efficient, high-quality en-suite student accommodation with a broad mix of room types. LHC team provided architectural design, interiors, landscape and graphic design support with CGIs of the exterior and interiors.
Built over four blocks, connected with glazed circulation links, the buildings provide 159 bedrooms in 42 self contained studios, and the remainder in cluster flats of 4, 5 or 6 en-suite rooms sharing a kitchen-diner. The scheme provides lift access, and some wheelchair accessible accommodation. A central amenity hub at ground floor housing common room, laundry, vending and other shared facilities, benefits from views onto a landscaped courtyard also designed by LHC. An undercroft houses secure cycle storage. The project has achieved BREEAM Excellent.
A palette of hard wearing and attractive materials respond to, and reference, the surrounding area, with a focus on elegant, crisp and simple detailing; including red brick, dark gray framing and glazing.
The student accommodation was built for Yelverton Properties on the site of the former cricket pavilion, and has created a development value which funded a brand new cricket pavilion for Exeter County Cricket Club right next door, also designed by LHC.