Swirles Court

A graduate complex for sustainable living

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Project Overview

Client Cambridge University
Project Value £27.5m
Expertise Building
Sector Education
Sector Residential
Timeline October 2014 - May 2017
Location England - South and Midlands
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Project summary

Forming part of Cambridge University’s visionary ‘urban-academic’ community, the Lot 5 Student Residences project provides sustainable, long lasting living spaces to meet the city’s chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Comprising 325 post-graduate student rooms within four three-to-five storey blocks, our £27.5m design and construction programme achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Encompassing 5000m2, the CCS Bronze Award winning development also featured an alternative pre-cast interior structure manufactured off-site, which significantly reduced labour requirements while eliminating potential H&S risks.

The detail

Described as “an exemplar of sustainability”, the purpose-built complex includes a range of sustainable features including solar shading screens to prevent overheating in summer and perforated window surrounds to advocate natural ventilation.

Completed in phases, with sectional commissioning and handover, the four blocks contain 325 en-suite rooms with social study spaces, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and secure indoor cycle storage wrapped around a series of south facing courtyards and gardens.

Linked to the site-wide sustainable urban drainage system, and to the district heating system, our widely-acclaimed work promotes sustainable community living. Embracing digital technology, we employed Building Information Modelling (BIM) throughout the project, which was particularly beneficial for underground coordination.

Reflecting the sustainable ethos of the development, we committed to reducing waste and produced volumes less than half of those of other contractors.

This was due largely to our alternative design and the use of precast instead of traditional block and plaster. Best practice also translated into excellent safety statistics and no RIDDORS throughout 627,811 ‘man-hours’.

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"GRAHAM have been extremely professional from the inception of the development through to completion. The overall quality of the development has exceeded expectations and we are delighted with the completed product which sets the benchmark for high quality student accommodation,"

Elliot Buzzing, Development Director - The Royalton Group