Our £13m new build and refurbishment of Newcastle University’s student accommodation now complete.
Lewis & Hickey teamed up with Graham Construction to win the competitive dialogue bid for this project and work commenced on site with demolition and site preparation in the late summer of 2012. The project was carried out in two overlapping phases.
Accommodation provides 349 new bed-spaces through a mixture of demolition and new build combined with the refurbishment of traditional terraced buildings at Park and Kensington Terraces on the edge on the University's city centre campus. The new build element provides generously sized single en-suite and accessible bedrooms in cluster flat arrangements. Built in three blocks these range from 4 to 6 storeys with the top floors featuring zinc clad dormer windows within steeply sloping traditional slated roofs. Brick cladding is also employed so that the massing and materials echo the local urban grain and sit comfortably between the original streetscape on two sides of the site and higher, more modern buildings nearby.
One block forms a courtyard which will provide a quiet oasis of calm within the more bustling campus environs. High quality materials will also be used and a pedestrian link is opened up through the site to provide a landscaped pedestrian corridor between the University and the adjoining Exhibition Park. The refurbished terrace provides a mixture of single en-suite, accessible and studio bedrooms in town house groups reinstating the original residential pattern of Kensington Terrace. A management suite and laundry are also accommodated within the development.
Photography credit - Steve Mayes Photography