PROJECT: Student Accommodation
COMPLETITION: August 2019
This project is a new build student accommodation complex, comprising of 310 bedrooms spread across a 14 storey tower block and two 6 storey wings. With a central courtyard set inside the horseshoe formation, the building will also feature a reception area, substantial bike storage and several commercial spaces.
The 310 bed development will comprise of 24 self-contained studio apartments and 286 en-suite cluster flats of between 5 and 10 bedrooms spread across a 14 storey tower block and two six-storey wings. With a private landscaped central courtyard set inside the horseshoe formation, the building will also feature significant communal areas to encourage collaborative working and socialising, a reception area and a ground floor retail unit fronting onto The Kingsway, as part of the Council’s re-development plans taking place on this main thoroughfare in Swansea. The building is scheduled to be complete in time for the start of the 2019/2020 academic year and will be one of the tallest in Swansea, providing residents with amazing views across the city and out to the coast and is expected to be particularly prominent because of its colour-changing ‘chameleon’ panelling.
The site is located close to Swansea’s main shopping area and many amenities, with the main bus station only a short walk away and public transport connections to both the University of Swansea and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. In addition, the building will have a substantial indoor bicycle storage facility to encourage students to use bikes to travel to university.
Applications to Swansea University have grown by 60% over the past three years. Over the past two years, the University has embarked upon an ambitious campus development programme, having expanded the Singleton Park Campus and built a spectacular new state-of-the-art £450 million Bay Campus. The Coppergate development will go some way towards satisfying student demand for purpose-built accommodation, as well as supporting the university in its growth ambitions, whilst also freeing up more housing for local families and young professionals to rent.
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