The project is for the development of student accommodation comprising 10, 9 and 7 storey tower blocks set on a sloping site to provide 400 bedrooms in total comprising study style apartments and cluster block accommodation.
The site has a river frontage and is close to the city centre and in the University district of the city.
Fairhurst provided full structural and civil design services on the project, comprising the design and detailing of the steel frame to the ground and first floor podium structures, specialist precast concrete superstructure elements and the design of reinforced sub structure that is founded on large diameter continuous flight auger piles. In addition, Fairhurst undertook geotechnical investigations as well as the design assessment of the existing highway bridge that is immediately adjacent to the building and had to be maintained and unaffected by the new development. The foul and surface water drainage system for the development is part of the campus wide flood alleviation scheme,
Fairhurst provided that added value to the project included innovative design of transfer structures to minimise impact on the buildings services and architectural zones.