September sees the opening of two high-quality, purpose-built student residences in Norwich and Sheffield developed by Alumno.
Benedict’s Gate (inset) is Alumno’s third project in Norwich following two successful developments in the All Saints Green area of the city. The first is occupied by students from NUA, while the second, Pablo Fanque House, opened to University of East Anglia (UEA) students in September 2018.
Providing 302 ensuite and studio rooms for students, along with communal kitchens and lounges, Benedict’s Gate also features landscaping around the development, creating a vibrant and sustainable outdoor space. As part of Alumno’s policy of supporting the local heritage of the areas adjacent to its developments, a specially commissioned poem about Norwich’s 12 historic gates by local poet Jenny Pagdin has been etched into the exterior of the building.
The second Alumno development to open in September is Béton House (main image) in Sheffield. Part of the rejuvenation of the renowned Grade II-listed Park Hill estate, it offers high-quality townhouse-style accommodation for 356 students, including a large community space, gym, yoga studio, cinema, private dining room and study rooms, all set within an urban parkland setting. Béton House will also include commissioned public artworks by local artists and poets that celebrate the importance of this historic architectural site.
“We are delighted to be opening two new student residences in September, each reflecting the unique characteristics of the host city and local area,” says Alumno managing director David Campbell.
“Benedict’s Gate is another leap forward in terms of offering students who choose to study in Norwich high quality, secure and modern accommodation in a vibrant location in this dynamic city. Meanwhile, Béton House’s unique design concept and its prominent position within Sheffield’s most exciting new creative community, makes it truly a ‘one of a kind’ project, and we have no doubt it will attract a new student population, providing a further key economic boost to the city and local community.”
Alumno, established in 2006, partners with universities, colleges and other stakeholders to provide high quality living space for over 7,000 students to date across the UK, including London, Birmingham, Norwich, Glasgow, Durham and St Andrews.
Alumno delivers distinct and sensitive designs, carefully engaging with local residents to integrate its developments for the benefit of the existing community. Its schemes introduce a mix of other uses alongside the student accommodation.