The student residences are part of the new Manor Park Campus at the University of Surrey. The crescent shaped site is lined by trees along its back edge and looks out across a road to the site for future academic buildings and lakes.
Courtyards and gabled roofs
The residences are arranged around interlinked courtyards, some enclosed, some open on one side. The buildings present a series of gables to the road, rather like a series of converted barns which sit comfortably in the semi-rural landscape. In this way, the design responds to the University’s masterplan aim of creating a transition between the rural and urban landscape. A varied skyline is formed by the alternating gables and lower linking blocks.
A limited palette of strong durable materials has been chosen, to create robust unfussy architecture appropriate to this setting, which will weather well and minimise maintenance.
In summary, stock brickwork with deep window reveals, aluminium window frames and steeply pitched slate roofs.
We are delighted with the architectural design of these buildings which meet the University’s requirements for high quality student accommodation. MJP were appointed architects following a design competition and they have played a key role in both the design development and the construction phases of these contracts. In particular we are very pleased with their attention to detail in all aspects of the design.
Courtyard planning optimises the development potential of the site while creating an attractive living environment of courts which encourage community interaction. It is also efficient in maximising the number of student flats accessible from each nodal stair/ lift core, typically three or four.
The courts are semi-private, accessible by residents and their visitors. The stair/ lift cores to groups of student flats are entered at the corners of the courts via small glazed meeting/ social spaces.
The buildings have been designed to maximise passive environmental control, with a well-insulated envelope and high thermal mass in the brickwork and concrete structure. CHP plant will be used throughout to minimise carbon emissions.
The development was planned to enable a phased construction programme.
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