Freestone Road Student Accommodation project in Bristol shortlisted for two Property Week Student Accommodation Awards

Our Freestone Road student accommodation project in Bristol has been shortlisted for the Property Week Student Accommodation Awards in the “Innovation of the Year” and “Collaboration of the Year” categories.

The “Innovation of the Year” nomination recognises our unique response to the unmet demand in Bristol for accommodation for returning students keen to form households with friends. Our proposals successfully use the familiar domestic typology of the townhouse in a carefully scaled way to create an intimate and nurturing setting for the student residents, while a series of courtyard gardens allow opportunities for social engagement and the development of a sense of community.

Meanwhile, the “Collaboration of the Year” nomination recognises the excellent working relationship between Chapman Taylor, Victoria Hall Management and the University of Bristol.

The Student Accommodation Awards honour the best student residential developments in the UK. The virtual awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 9 December.

Specialist student accommodation developer and operator Victoria Hall Management Limited, with the support of the University of Bristol, is seeking to deliver purpose-built student accommodation across two sites for the forthcoming Bristol University Enterprise Campus. Chapman Taylor was commissioned to design the new developments as architecturally distinguished and exemplary student accommodation.

Chapman Taylor’s design for the Freestone Road site, bordering the railway approach to Temple Meads station, will provide a 204-bed, five-block student residence complex, each block comprising stacked townhouses, with south-facing, private courtyard gardens between each block.

The architecture will complement the industrial heritage of the wider Silverthorne Lane area, using simple forms given character by pitched gable roof ends, and by the use of carefully detailed brickwork in a colour referencing the traditional, local penant stone walls. A simple steel bridge structure at third floor level, inspired by the industrial character of railway bridges, will connect all five blocks.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this much-needed development on these well-deserved nominations.

Jonathan Harris (BA (Hons) Dip Arch)

Director, UK

Jonathan Harris joined Chapman Taylor’s Bristol studio in 2016 and became a Director in 2022.

He is a member of our Residential Team and was appointed as Chapman Taylor's Responsible Design Group Leader in 2021. He is also responsible for leading a number of key mixed-use regeneration projects in the Bristol studio.

Previously based in London, Jonathan has design experience working across a number of sectors including residential, education and commercial offices.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Mixed-use / Masterplanning

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