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Aquila Court student accommodation by Eagle One - Case study

Aquila Court Student Accommodation by Eagle One
  • Bath city centre

  • On site gym, games room, bike storage, 24/7 cctv, communal workstations

  • 203-bed student housing complex on the site of the former Pickfords warehouse

  • Two- to eight-bed cluster en-suites or standard rooms, communal spaces

  • The project involves the redevelopment of the former warehouse into two, four and five storey accommodation blocks, comprising largely of cluster flats offering shared kitchens and dining spaces, numerous flexible study and social areas and an on-site gym

  • Designed to encapsulate the industrial history and heritage of the area within a modern design

 

(Aerial photograph courtesy of Bristol Drones Ltd)

Questions put to Jon Symons, Director, Eagle One

 

What were some of the highlights/challenges on this project? 

 

From the start Aquila was a challenging project both in terms of achieving planning and then delivering such a large building on a city centre site constrained by significant transport and utility infrastructure.

 

The Covid pandemic also ‘hit’ part way through which created significant delivery challenges.

 

Students are looking for the full student experience, which includes accommodation. How are developers adapting to student needs and creating quality student experiences?

 

Without doubt the design quality and range of support provisions required to make a student accommodation scheme successfully have significantly increased over the last decade.  The importance of creating spaces for social interaction were recognised early on in the development of Aquila with kitchen/dining and social spaces a priority.

 

What are some of the considerations for developing in a historic city like Bath?

 

The main challenge for developing in Bath is to ensure the design of the buildings fit within the varied cityscape. The design of Aquila Court was the culmination of significant and productive design dialogue between our architects, Stride Treglown, and the local planning authority.

 

What are the three most interesting things about this scheme?

 

Deep below the site lies a sewer carrying all of Bath’s waste water – we were very careful not to go near that with our foundations.

 

Around a third of a million bricks were used in the elevations, a significant number of which were hand made. The bricks were made in Birtley, Tyne and Wear.

 

Aquila Court is now home to students from over 30 different countries.

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The added layer of quality inspections provided as part of the Premier Guarantee process was a significant addition to the project. It was a very straightforward process to engage with the team at Premier who were always very responsive.

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Jon Symons, Director, Eagle One

How have you found the experience of teaming up with Premier Guarantee? 

 

The added layer of quality inspections provided as part of the Premier Guarantee process was a significant addition to the project.  It was a very straightforward process to engage with the team at Premier who were always very responsive.

 

 

What are some emerging/important themes in construction and how is your company preparing for the future of building?

 

There are significant challenges ahead in the world of property and development with step changes in regulations addressing fire safety and energy efficiency, as well as increasing demand from occupiers and users for buildings to be sustainable in the broadest sense. 

 

We at Eagle One are always looking forward to understand and foresee these changes to make sure our portfolio is positioned to address these requirements.

 

Changes in fire and energy efficiency regulations have required a significant increase in our knowledge base on such matters. 

 

Your company is also involved in retail developments. How are you planning to adapt to reduced footfall?

 

Clearly, the bricks and mortar retail landscape over the last two years has been challenging.  Even prior to the pandemic we were moving forwards creating destination shopping with a wider range of offerings than purely shops to draw footfall.  The success of this has shown with the rapid bounce back of visitors to our centres as restrictions have been lifted.

 

Learn more at Eagle One: www.eagle-one.co.uk

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