Avon Street Student Accommodation Location City: Bristol, UK

Host Student Housing Ltd


Distinctive residential architecture in the heart of Bristol's Temple Quarter

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Key Info

502-bed residence complex of three blocks and a standalone mixed-use building.
0.36-hectare site
Planning application submitted

Creating active and safe student residences

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 was commissioned to design the new developments as architecturally striking landmarks and active and safe student hubs.

High-quality accommodation in a superb location

Chapman Taylor’s design for the Avon Street site will provide a 502-bed student residence complex across three buildings arranged around an open courtyard on the 0.36-hectare site of the former Chanson Foods facility, which sits beside Bristol’s famous Floating Harbour and adjacent to the proposed university campus.

Meeting the needs of students and the city

The concept was developed in consultation with the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council to ensure that the needs of students and the city were uppermost in the design's evolution. The proposed development will relieve some of the housing pressure on residential areas in the city and provide high-quality accommodation and shared facilities in a superb location.

Distinctive architecture

The distinctive architecture of the buildings, which references the craggy slopes of the Avon Gorge and the area's industrial past, will provide a readily identifiable landmark for passengers travelling in and out of Temple Meads station. The buildings will vary from six to 13 storeys in height, with a standalone two-storey mixed-use hub to the harbour side.

An active ground floor

The development will have an active ground floor, including a highly active reception area to enhance security for residents and visitors, and views from the street through to the harbour.

Improved connectivity and landscaping

The structures will be set back from the street, harbour and railway to provide an improved external landscape and enhanced connectivity as well as allowing for the future incorporation of the site into a possible harbour walkway.

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

Jonathan Harris (BA (Hons) Dip Arch)

Associate Director, Bristol

Jonathan Harris joined Chapman Taylor’s Bristol studio in 2016 as as an Associate Director.

He is a member of our Residential Team and 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 / Offices / Masterplanning

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