‘Town house’ style student housing scheme submitted for planning

Date posted: May 24, 2018

ArchitecturePLB have recently submitted a planning application for a ‘town house’ style, 134 bed student housing scheme in Colchester for repeat client Osborne.

Located on the doorstep of the University of Essex, the site has a previous planning consent for housing, which has influenced ArchitecturePLB’s design solution. The scheme is made up of an unusual mix of 7 and 9 bed town houses, arranged around a landscaped green. Each unit will house a student ‘family’, with all rooms provided with ensuite shower facilities and access to a large communal kitchen and lounge on the ground floor.

The site, which is subject to severe flooding, will be raised up by up to 1.5m in places, to combat extreme 1 in 1000 year tidal events. Construction is planned to commence early 2019 with doors opening autumn 2020.

The scheme is ArchitecturePLB’s 6th student housing project with developer Osborne, with four projects completed on site between 2013 and 2018. These include Mayflower Halls, Southampton and Burma Road Student Village, Winchester.

‘I am always impressed with ArchitecturePLB’s ability to balance delivering high quality design with designing within budget. They have a real commercial understanding and seek the best value, quality design with products to suit the brief.’ Matthew Knight, Development Manager, Osborne