University of Sussex, Northfield Student AccommodationUniversity of Sussex

Pascall+Watson won, in competition, this project which provides accommodation for 1,105 students at Northfields adjoining the university campus, near Lewes, in Sussex.

A common driver for this site was the development of fully equipped en-suite bedroom units capable of prefabrication, and in arrangements of 4, 5 and 6 bedroom clusters, each with a kitchen/dining area. The flexibility of the cluster arrangements enabled different expressions of built form to be achieved in response to specific site conditions and locations.

A sustainable approach to the design and construction informed the project. Connections into the surrounding countryside are reinforced through the axial arrangement of the courtyards off the main route, providing strategic views out to the surroundings, whilst maintaining a balance between 'closed' and 'open' spaces.

Value: £29m