Nottingham Trent University - Brackenhurst Student Residences

Design & Build

Undertaken in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, this project involved the design and construction of a three-storey student accommodation build consisting of 191 student residences over six blocks on two infill sites adjacent to the existing campus accommodation blocks.


The blocks were constructed from masonry and pre-cast concrete, with brick, hanging tile and cladding on the external elevations. In order to keep the ridge line down, all plots were designed with a mansard roof, incorporating PV systems to complement the energy strategy.


With the project site located on a busy university campus (home to over 1,000 students) and in close proximity to existing, occupied buildings, we worked closely with the university and its resident managers to minimise the impact of works via considerate programming (with special attention given to examination periods and events), arranging pre-scheduled deliveries, as well as noise and dust reduction techniques. Monthly newsletters were also instrumental in keeping students and staff abreast of the progress of works and key stages in the construction programme.


A raft of mechanical and electrical services were installed across the new development, including heating fed from the existing district heating system, MVHR ducted ventilation to clusters, a building management system, drainage, LED lighting, fire detection, alarms, as well as data and communications systems.


The development also included external hard and soft landscaping, incorporating newt and animal crossing points, to link the blocks to the other residential areas.

The site was located next to Southwell Cricket Club, and as part of the scheme the outfield drainage was upgraded, and cricket nets have been fitted at the boundary to protect the dwellings during matches.

BREEAM 'Excellent' Project

The completed building achieved a BREEAM score of 'Excellent' in testament to its sustainable design and thermal efficiency.