Freestone Road Student Accommodation Location City: Bristol, UK

Student accommodation design inspired by Bristol's industrial heritage

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Victoria Hall Management Ltd


Key Info

204 student residences in five blocks of apartments and townhouses
0.2-hectare site
Planning application submitted

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Creating active and safe student residences

Specialist student accommodation developer and operator Victoria Hall Management Ltd, with the support of the University of Bristol, is seeking to deliver purpose-built student apartments across two sites in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Chapman Taylor was commissioned to design the new developments as architecturally striking landmarks and active and safe student hubs.

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.

Complementing the area's heritage

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 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.

Encouraging social interaction

The careful design creates a contextually appropriate feature for the area. Building heights ensure that the south-facing courtyard spaces feel intimate and encourage social interaction. 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.

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.

Should planning permission be achieved, it is anticipated that the scheme will complete in time for the autumn 2023 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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