ISG has secured work from specialist property developer Fusion Students for a 314-bed student accommodation scheme in the centre of Cardiff.
The seven-storey scheme will replace Windsor House, a 1970s’ office block occupying a prime site in the city centre and which is a short walk to the major faculty buildings. The managed student accommodation will include both self-contained studios and ‘twodios’ – where two students share kitchen facilities. At ground floor level, residents share an range of communal amenities including a cinema, private student lounge, games room and gym.
Given the logistically complex nature of delivering a major project in a busy and tightly constrained central location, ISG said it will use a series of off-site manufactured components to provide the build programme. Constructed using a first-floor concrete transfer slab with a load bearing metal panel system forming the upper floors, the building also incorporates pre-formed bathroom pods, which will be delivered to site in a just-in-time basis and craned into position.
Designed to enhance the local built environment, the new accommodation features a range of architectural finishes to its façade, including brickwork, reconstituted stone, cladding panels and curtain walling. The scheme also includes secure bicycle storage facilities and a landscaped courtyard area, and is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.
Jon James, ISG’s western regional director, said: “The growing popularity of our universities continues to drive demand for high-quality, safe and purpose-built accommodation designed around the needs of 21st century students. ISG’s impressive track record in this sector includes our successful delivery of the world’s tallest student accommodation building – a 33-storey, £120 million development in Spitalfilelds, London, and these latest wins add to our growing portfolio of the UK’s leading student property development companies.”