Self Architects have designed student accommodation refurbishment projects worth more than £10m over the last year.
Thousands of students are already benefitting from the completion of six reconfiguration and refit schemes for client iQ Student Accommodation (iQ) in Nottingham, Leicester, Preston and Sheffield.
Self, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has also designed a multi-million-pound showcase student accommodation scheme in Manchester for another provider which will open its doors in September.
That development will provide more than 200 students with a range of studio and super studio bedrooms and apartments as well as new amenity spaces. These include a cinema room, study lounges and outside seating areas.
Two iQ schemes in Nottingham – at Newlands House and Newtown House – involved the creation of additional studio bedrooms and apartments and new amenity spaces.
These included games areas, a cinema room, study lounges and shared kitchen and ‘Come Dine With Me’ spaces.
Designs for The Exchange, Nottingham, involved the conversion of 42 studios into mezzanine duplex studios along with the general refurbishment and upgrading of bedrooms.
A further refurbishment project at iQ’s Opal Court student accommodation in Leicester featured a single storey extension providing new snooker and table tennis area, Come Dine with Me kitchen, study room, lounge and games pods.
Over the last 12 months, Self have also completed refits delivering new amenity spaces in Preston and Sheffield and has now been commissioned to design the amenity spaces for a new build iQ student accommodation project in Coventry.
Self Director Martyn Smith said: “There has been a sea change in recent years in the design criteria for student accommodation which is being driven increasingly by an awareness of the importance of student wellbeing and mental health.
“So, whereas in the past we might have produced quite industrial designs with things like exposed girders, we are now looking at contemporary designs with lots of open space, green walls and creating warm and welcoming communal places where students can socialise, entertain and be entertained.”
Self is at the forefront of designing the next generation of student living. The practice works with a range of accommodation clients on new build schemes, as well as making the best use of redundant spaces within existing buildings to create more social places and on-site activities for residents.
Martyn added: “The aim is to provide genuinely healthy living spaces for students, and we are delighted to be working with a number of providers to deliver accommodation which has wellbeing at its heart.”