Sheppard Robson appointed to design student accommodation for University of St Andrews
Scottish architectural practice Sheppard Robson has announced its appointment to design the next generation of student accommodation for the University of St Andrews.
The scope of the £62 million Albany Park project, which is to be delivered by Campus Living Villages, will also include the design of a new high-quality, modern conference facility as well as several additional complementary student facilities.
The planned campus will be constructed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard and will be completed by July 2020. The student accommodation will comprise a mix of studio, en-suite and non-en-suite rooms, with the wider project (also to be designed by Sheppard Robson) incorporating a café / social space; nursery; office space and student laundry facility.
Albany Park is part of an ongoing programme by the University of St Andrews to build and improve its residential estate for its fast-growing student population.
The project will be led by Adam McGhee, Partner at Sheppard Robson, who said: “Sheppard Robson is delighted to be working with The University of St Andrews and Campus Living Villages to deliver this exciting project. This development will cement the University’s status as a world-leading place of study and will support future growth by providing facilities that will be an attractive choice for students from around the world.
“The vision for the design from the outset will be to deliver high-quality student residential facilities that focus on the student experience together with providing first class support facilities for the students to enjoy.
“The residential units and conferencing facilities will respond to the context of the site and the adjacent conservation area, retaining key views and providing a range of room sizes, all with full height windows and arranged as flats of five rooms clustered in blocks.”
Rich Gabelich, CEO for Campus Living Villages, said: “We’ve been fortunate to have been working in partnership with the University of St Andrews since 2014, becoming their preferred Development Partner for Student Accommodation Projects in 2016. Sharing our goal to deliver outstanding student accommodation, Sheppard Robson stood out from its competitors as the most fitting appointment to work with us on the planned BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard project.
“The Albany Park site has the potential to be something very special for the University and, along with the other future developments planned, continues to show our commitment to delivering outstanding student accommodation and student experience in major university locations across the UK.”