1 St George’s Road, Bristol

Client: Acton Housing Association/University of Bristol

Sited in a Conservation Area in central Bristol, this housing provides accommodation for 357 students, in self-catering flats of 5 or 6 rooms, each with a generous bay-windowed kitchen.

In order to restore an appropriate street elevation between adjacent listed buildings, it was important to control the scale and rhythm, and to achieve this the inevitable paired windows are set into larger recesses. The kitchens are generally located on the street elevations, with their bays angled extensions on the wall plane. Glimpses of the activities of the students add to the life of the street and in turn allow them excellent views of their surroundings. The rooms are set around landscaped courtyards.