​Planning application submitted for Freestone Road student residential development in central Bristol

A planning application has been submitted for a distinctive, industrial heritage-inspired student residential development at Freestone Road in central Bristol.

Specialist student accommodation developer and operator Host Student Housing Ltd, with the support of the University of Bristol, is seeking to deliver purpose-built student apartments across two sites adjacent to the proposed Bristol University Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

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, with each block comprising of flats each in a townhouse arrangement over three floors.

The architecture will complement the industrial heritage of the wider Silverthorne Lane area, using simple forms and materials such as grey brickwork with a corduroy brick plinth, pitched roofs and prominent gable-ends.

The buildings have been carefully designed to create a contextually appropriate feature for the area. Building heights ensure that the south-facing courtyard spaces feel intimate and encourage social interaction.

The main entrance from Gas Lane has been designed to provide an attractive communal space with active street frontage and a busy reception area. A simple steel bridge structure at third floor level, inspired by the industrial character of railway bridges, will connect all five blocks.

The buildings will be set back from the site’s boundaries to allow for wider pavements and improved landscaping, while connectivity with the surrounding urban area will be improved. Secure cycle storage areas will also be provided.

Should planning permission be achieved, it is anticipated that the scheme will complete in time for the autumn 2022 opening of the University of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

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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