Project Insight

Student Accommodation

Client: Royal Holloway University
Location: Royal Holloway University
Sector: Student Accommodation
Architect: Stride Treglown
Contractor: Wilmott Dixon
Service: BREEAM / SAP Calculations / Dynamic Simulation Modelling (DSM)
Background

Since its grand opening in 1886 by Queen Victoria, Royal Holloway College has grown to be one of the top research led universities in the country. The 135 acre campus is also considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. A masterplan for the next 20 years sets out the next stage development balancing academic and residential space. With a projected student population of 12,000 by 2031, the development includes a new library, student residences, sports facilities and academic buildings.

Project

Although the original brief was to achieve BREEAM Excellent, Stroma provided a review of the design with the client and project team to determine all viable credits and how to increase the performance to achieve the aspirational rating of “Outstanding”. Working with the Approved Inspector and BRE, established the most effective route to Part L Compliance whilst maximising the available BREEAM credits. Collaboration with the Architect and M&E consultants to carry out thermal modelling updates and provide compliance advice through the detail design and value engineering.

Outcome

It is planned to develop a range of accommodation options including single study en-suite bedrooms, student town houses and studio flats. Increasing the residential estate will enable the university to accommodate more international and undergraduate students, which in turn should enhance its competitive position in both the home and overseas student recruitment markets.