The development at Jarrom Street provides 150 student bedrooms in high quality accommodation, advantageously close to De Montfort University and the neighbouring ‘student village’. A number of student accommodation blocks in the past 20 years have been constructed with a smaller budget than regular residential apartments. This has resulted in bland buildings with small standardised windows and complete repetition. The demand for next generation student accommodation is ever increasing. This means larger than average rooms and greater quality finishes but also means that the design of these buildings need to be of a higher architectural merit
The massing steps up by a storey from Jarrom Street to Henshaw Street as the Jarrom Street elevation is seen from all approaches, this prevents a degree of overshadowing across the landscaped area.
The conceptual arrangement of the building is an efficient L-shape with an additional smaller element attached to the Gateway elevation to resolve the awkward angle of the site. The greatest run of student rooms faces onto Henshaw Street and the private courtyard.
Throughout the blocks, the detail expression seeks to offer a coherent appearance. The reveal to the studio windows is as deep as possible in order to create relief across the façade. All studios benefit from a full height window, the way this is expressed on the façade varies slightly depending on which elevation it addresses.