The Chettles Yard student accommodation was part of a 60 million dollar development, designed by Lewis & Hickey Architects. The UK project features an extraordinarily sustainable design, utilizing biomass boilers and rainwater harvesting. The biomass boiler systems are used as an alternative heating method, producing a much smaller environmental impact than fossil fuels.
UK fabricating specialists, Sotech, were responsible for the three-phase construction project, which took 162 weeks to complete. In addition to the student housing, the remaining portion of the property is commercial space for industrial and retail units.
The team at Sotech fabricated Alucobond aluminum composite material in 500 Silver and Anthracite Grey for the exterior of the building, using their Optima TFC system. The system is, “…extremely durable with low maintenance and easily demountable individual panels for replacement or inspection purposes. This makes it ideal for a student orientated project where robustness combined with a contemporary and stylist look are essential,” explains Sotech.
The team’s Optima TFC system is a low-cost alternative to their secret fix system [seen in Sky’s Believe in Better Building, BSkyB commercial office space by Arup Associates]. To maintain the benefits of the secret fix system, which creates a ventilated façade, discreet fixings in the vertical panel recess were engineered.
John Egginton, Managing Director of Sotech, quoted by the Building Centre website, “It’s always a great pleasure to see our products used on a large scale and in this particular construction we’re hoping that many students for years to come will be able to enjoy the comfortable, safe and eye-catching accommodation that we’ve helped to deliver.”