Lewis & Hickey completed a major redevelopment of student accommodation for Aston University, involving the demolition of 3 towers and several low-rise buildings in order to provide new accommodation and rationalise a large city centre site. The scheme consists of four residential blocks providing 2400 en-suite student bedrooms as well as ancillary accommodation such as common and games facilities. The scheme also includes a new elevated sports pitch, a multi-faith centre, car parking and retail units.
The massing of the buildings is arranged to create a protective wall around a large landscaped park that houses some of the additional facilities. The wall is accented by two 18-storey towers that materially make reference to the traditional use of terracotta on nearby Victorian buildings. The buildings have been constructed using a structural SFS frame with the facades being finished predominantly in a brick cladding system with feature sections finished in timber or zinc cladding.
The scheme utilises several forms of sustainable technology in order to reduce its environmental impact, such as a combined heat and power plant, wind turbines, rainwater recycling and green roofs.