June 18th, 2015

careyjones chapmantolcher have submitted a planning application for a purpose-built student accommodation and a separate residential building in Headington, Oxford, on behalf of Frontier Estates.

The proposed development includes 175 study bedrooms in a four to five-storey building and would provide modern accommodation of the highest standard. The bedrooms, all en-suite, are arranged in an ‘apartment cluster’. Each cluster includes a dual-aspect shared lounge and kitchen area. The students will also benefit from attractive communal spaces, including a landscaped south-facing courtyard and a double storey mezzanine accessed from a landscaped entrance plaza on London Road.

The design’s evolution benefitted from comprehensive consultation process, including two widely publicised public exhibitions and two workshops with Oxford’s Design Review Panel. The scheme presents an extended set back from London Road with an existing mature tree line defining the streetscape. An articulated masonry-framed façade provides the building with a calm, considered and ordered simplicity which contrasts with the organic form of the trees, acting as a natural backdrop.