University of Plymouth: Residences Project

The Residences scheme was developed in the context of the Plymouth University’s Vision and Master Plan and included nine separate sites on the main University Campus; it involved both new build and refurbishment schemes and brought an additional 890 study bedrooms onto the campus, as well as a new sports hall facility specifically for academic use.
Client University Partnerships Programme
Location Plymouth
No. of Bedrooms 890
Status Planning granted May 2013

The new build residences targeted a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. Carbon emissions were reduced through the incorporation of the University’s district heating system into the city wide main, as part of the city’s Core Strategy Policy, CS20.

The development sites varied in size, and included purpose designed accommodation halls and houses as well as the refurbishment of existing university buildings, in some instances listed, changing their use from academic to residential.

Plymouth Residences Project - UPP Willmore Iles Architects

The proposals for the refurbishments sites returned the properties to their original use with traditional shared student townhouses; an accommodation offer that was one stage removed from a hall of residences, to allow independent living, but maintaining a greater support structure than living off campus. Consultation with students during the process showed that shared houses on campus would be a popular option, in particular with returning students.

The scheme was developed with the University and their accommodation Partnering Provider, University Partnerships Programme Limited.(UPP Ltd)

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