The proposals involve the conversion of Neville House and the demolition and redevelopment of Sheraton House. The demolition of Sheraton House is required to make the development viable. The building is not listed or located within a conservation area. Alumno consider that the demolition of Sheraton House is necessary to deliver the regeneration of the site.
The proposed development will comprise of approximately 424 student bed units (decreased from 454 that had initially been presented to the public). It is anticipated that the proposals will cater for post graduates, returning students and some fellows. The student units comprise a mix of en-suite bedrooms, studios and accessible bedrooms. The units are formed in clusters of up to 2-10 bedrooms, and each cluster will have a dedicated kitchen/lounge/dining room In addition, there will be a main reception, large communal common rooms, management facilities, cycle racks and a laundry. Each building will have its own refuse facilities.
The landscape concept is a contemporary take on the principle of Edwardian landscape design. It recreates semi-wild parkland by capturing ‘the romance of the countryside within the confines of the urban and suburban landscape’.
The landscape scheme is delivered through the following character areas:
- Dalton Crescent parkland.
- Clay Lane pedestrian entrance and vehicle drop off.
- Central community courtyard with ha-ha wall.
- Neville House forecourt with herbaceous planting.
- Amenity lawns.
- Faraday Court entrance with low feature wall.
- Streetscape, influenced by historic field pattern and surrounding rural landscape.