The scheme set within the historic city of Chester provides residential accommodation in the form of 121 student studio apartments ranging in size from 21 – 40 sq m.
The building is articulated by two blocks, a long southern block building and a northern entrance block. The entrance block is to the north of the site which moves it away from the nearby residences and relates to the pedestrian route to the site from the university. The taller height, in the form of a tower relating to that of the fire station, reinforces the hierarchy throughout the scheme.
The external walls are predominantly a grey/buff coloured brick with matching mortar. The exception to this being the upper storey to the main residential block which is clad with a high-quality bronze coloured rainscreen cladding providing interest and detail to the scheme.
The window frames are set back from the external face by returning a full brick to leave a reveal of 225mm. This gives the facade the depth at the openings appropriate to the quality of the scheme. Areas of recessed brickwork panelling and metal rainscreen panels give further detailed layering to the facade.
The entrance area features a large double height section of curtain walling providing a light, contemporary reception. Cantilevers are incorporated at appropriate places to signal the entrance and route to the entrance.