University of Nottingham 

Two new student accommodation buildings were manufactured utilising modular construction methods and fully fitted out offsite.

Client  University of Nottingham
Location  Nottingham
Completion  2002
Cost  £2 milion


  • RIBA stages 1-6
  • Architectural design
  • Advice on offsite construction
54 steel framed modules were craned onto pre-prepared foundations providing 94 study bedrooms in only 6 days, complete with windows, doors, en suite bathrooms, study bedroom furniture and external terracotta cladding.

Each module comprises a section of corridor with a study bedroom on either side. Other facilities include 3 self-contained tutor flats, kitchenettes and stores on each floor.

As a result of the off-site manufacturing process, the construction programme was dramatically reduced and there was less disturbance to students during exam study periods.

The buildings are arranged as simple recognisable forms around collegiate courts to work with the existing adjacent buildings. The stairs and lifts are enclosed in a glazed central core which look out over the courtyards and surrounding landscape. The existing road was remodelled and pedestrian routes upgraded in conjunction with extensive new landscaping.