Planning permission has been granted for Gulson Road, a 462 bed student residence in Coventry for our client, Gilltown.
The design makes reference to the city’s post-war civic architecture, unifying the various historical, residential, industrial and university buildings that surround it. Brickwork and vernacular design elements complement local building forms and read as a contextual development, rather than imposed and alien.
To avoid a sense of overbearing, the building steps up from the scale of the residential terrace opposite towards the taller student blocks to the south-west. A series of open courtyards not only offer students a pleasant view, but also help break down the mass of the building.
Inside, a combination of private studios, affordable and standard cluster flats are offered to attract a broad demographic of residents.
Various social and study spaces and an on-site gym provide students with a blend of living and learning, while bookable group study and private dining spaces on the top floor offer views of the surrounding countryside.
Paul Gillespie, managing director of Gilltown, commented:
“Stride Treglown’s handling of the project has been key to the success of the planning application. Their experience in purpose built student housing and their considered response to the local setting has resulted in a strong commercial and high quality architectural design within a sensitive planning context.”
Stride Treglown is the project architect and the project is being led by our Bath studio.
Planning consent was granted by Coventry City Council in March 2018.