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Stallan showcases Heriot Watt University’s Riccarton campus

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September 24 2013

Stallan showcases Heriot Watt University’s Riccarton campus
A newly built student residential development has been showcased by its architect, Paul Stallan, who designed the campus alongside  his former studio at RMJM.

Heriot-Watt Universities Riccarton campus is composed of massive, masonry walled elevations facing directly onto open countryside, conceived expressly to be identifiable from a distance as a modern interpretation of a castle or fort. This walled architecture opens up at the corners to reveal a courtyard garden environment.

A total of 300 new student rooms have been delivered by the project ranging from self-catered study bedrooms with en-suites through to flatted accommodation with up to five rooms sharing a living space and studio flats.

Touting the scheme as setting a new benchmark for student design Stallan said: "The new campus accommodation is testament to an ambitious client who has understood that an exceptional student experience extends beyond faculty life to also encompass the whole student lifestyle. The architecture of the project sets a new standard in student living at a time when much of what is currently being delivered for students is being heavily criticised for being completely banal and opportunist.”

The £14m development replaces 1970s accommodation which was no longer fit for purpose.

Photography by Keith Hunter.
Massive brick walls flank green fields and countryside
Massive brick walls flank green fields and countryside
The campus forms part of a wider masterplan which could deliver as many as 2,000 new rooms
The campus forms part of a wider masterplan which could deliver as many as 2,000 new rooms

4 Comments

bill
#1 Posted by bill on 24 Sep 2013 at 12:20 PM
Well done Paul, as student resi goes this is class
wonky
#2 Posted by wonky on 24 Sep 2013 at 12:22 PM
The brown brick facade is quite retro- with echoes of Berlage even.
juan de los angeles
#3 Posted by juan de los angeles on 26 Sep 2013 at 17:00 PM
Identifiable as a fortress? Yeah right. More like a maximum security prison.
abc def
#4 Posted by abc def on 26 Sep 2013 at 21:16 PM
Welll done Pat, many late nights!

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