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Royal Holloway Student Residences.

Royal Holloway has an edge on many of its fellow higher educational institutes in having space to build residences for its expanding student role on its campus on the fringe of London, but it still has to construct them as economically and efficiently as possible.

Residential blocks designed with efficiency in mind for Royal Holloway University of London

Location
Egham, UK
Client
Royal Holloway University of London
Architect
Stride Treglown
Project Value
£18.2 million
Status
completed 2004
Expertise
Structures

Stride Treglown’s design for a 565-bedroom development on former playing fields ingeniously repeats a standard block of eight bedrooms on each of four floors, allowing for maximum cost savings through standardisation, while linking them with tapering kitchen and communal areas. This arrangement means the building could adapt its form to the contours and features of the site and create an enclosure between two ranges. Precasting concrete frames for the bedrooms optimised the structure while casting the kitchens in-situ gave them flexibility in form.

The shifting site topography means that the blocks step along their length, allowing for the incorporation of car parking and bicycle storage adjacent to the access road. The interconnected blocks of Gowar and Wedderburn Halls blend into the surrounding environs, impacting the local ecology as lightly as possible. With their undulating, grass-covered roof, supported on no more than six or eight standard timber trusses, the buildings were developed in response to the surrounding woodland. Also included in the design was a new raised walkway to provide access to the residences; this comprises a series of steel columns and a timber deck.

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