University of Reading: Student Village

The scheme is located on an environmentally sensitive site, designated as a Wildlife Heritage Site on the outskirts of the University's residential campus. The scheme comprises 384 en-suite student bedrooms configured in 6 bed self-contained flats.
Client University Partnerships Programme
Location Reading
No. of Bedrooms 384
Status Completed September 2001
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The scheme design adopted a contextual approach to the site. We designed the accommodation blocks using materials and architectural features found locally. Brick patterning, open eaves, strong roof profiles and gable features all echo the local character.

University of Reading Student Village - UPP - Jarvis Construction Willmore Iles Architects

The planting scheme was in keeping with the naturalistic character of the site. We used native woodland trees and shrubs to bulk up the existing boundary planting., Specimen trees make a strong threshold at the road access and create a strong enclosure around the large oak in the south east corner. We limited ornamental planting to the immediate vicinity of the new buildings.


The scheme was very favourably received by the planning committee and received full planning permission in September 1999. The committee praised the scheme for its sensitivity to the existing landscape and reduced impact on this sensitive site.
We subsequently gained planning consent for a lakeside student common room and bar for the site.

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