Student Complex Sets Standard in Cardiff

27/11/17


Work is underway on Eclipse, a £35m student accommodation complex on the former site of Cardiff Metropolitan University in the centre of the Welsh capital.

Following the demolition of the existing structures in Howard Gardens, design and build contractor, Vinci Construction, is building two new accommodation blocks along with ground floor commercial units. Bureau Veritas Building Control UK is providing Approved Inspector support to the project team.

The complex is designed to set a new standard for student accommodation in the UK. It will provide rooms for 686 students offering prospective occupants a wide range of options. The taller towers to the northern will contain two, three, four and six bed apartments while the remainder of the development will comprise studios and ‘twodios’(pairs of en-suite study bedrooms with a shared kitchen).

There will be a 24 hour concierge, free WIFI, plus community facilities including a library, gym and cinema. There will also be a dedicated VIP Bar for community events, and a themed private dining room.

Client to the scheme is Fusion Students and the concept design was by Stride Treglown.

Bureau Veritas Building Control UK was appointed at the concept stage of the design process and has assisted and advised in the development of the complex fire strategy incorporating bespoke student accommodation units with communal and retail areas.

Bureau Veritas also steered the design team through the changes in Building Regulations legislation in Wales which came into force while the detailed design process was underway.

Eclipse is perfectly positioned for access to Cardiff’s central shopping and leisure area and it is just minutes from the University of South Wales and the University of Cardiff.

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