UWE: Wallscourt Park Phase 1

Phase one of Wallscourt Park comprises of 396 student bedrooms arranged in three and four storey townhouses and a reception building.
Client University of the West of England and Interserve Construction
Location Bristol
No. of Bedrooms 396
Status Completed December 2014

The Wallscourt Park site sits on the edge of UWE’s Frenchay Campus and forms part of the development of the former Hewlett Packard site.

Wallscourt Park Residences Phase 1 - UWE - Interserve Fotohaus

The project was secured through competitive dialogue.  As part of the bidding process we identified opportunities for improving the masterplan concept.  To improve the sense of enclosure, security and community, we broke up the proposed linear terraced housing and, in its place, created two courtyards, bringing the student services and security hub into the centre of the site.  The proposals also moved student activity away from the private residential neighbours and improved the relationship with the listed Wallscourt Farmhouse.

To achieve a tight construction programme, the contractor used off-site manufacture for the bathroom pods with panellised light steel wall and floor cassettes.

The development has proved to be the most popular choice for first year undergraduates combining a great location on campus with a homely feel and great social space.

It has been a pleasure working with the Willmore Iles Architect team on Wallscourt Park Student Accommodation for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. The team have a keen understanding of the student needs and use this to develop practical well designed architectural solutions that is the first choice at application stage for our student residents. The courtyards that Willmore Iles have created foster a positive community feel, where the students can feel at home. Kate Peters, Deputy Head of Accommodation

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