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‘Cohesive’ student housing brings East Sands back to the future

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June 12 2018

‘Cohesive’ student housing brings East Sands back to the future
The University of St Andrews has teamed up with Campus Living Villages to erect a 'cohesive' student village and associated facilities at Albany Park, East Sands.

Sheppard Robson have been commissioned to deliver this vision, which includes 754 bedrooms as well as a waterfront hub building overlooking the beach.

Based on the built form of established Fife coastal towns the resulting development seeks to establish a defined character for the area to ‘…reintroduce the traditional vernacular character and expression of old town St Andrews in a contemporary manner.’

A key aspect of this approach is the use of select materials such as traditional orange and brown pan tile roofs as well as stone walls and varying use of colour.

Explaining this approach the architects wrote: “An intimate domestic townscape is important and we have sought to respond to this through development of form with particular interest in the expression of gables, façade depth and building elements such as chimneys and contrasting materiality.”

In this vein the scheme adopts a linear approach with stepped building lines establishing a ‘wall’ of activity, peppered with pocket parks, off which a ‘grid’ of secondary streets and courtyards can be reached.

This common architectural language is cited for bringing ‘cohesion’ back to the fragmented built environment of East Sands.
A flood resilient design has been specified for the waterfront facilities hub
A flood resilient design has been specified for the waterfront facilities hub
Alternating tiled elevations add warmth to the facades
Alternating tiled elevations add warmth to the facades

Stone gables define the edge of development in this view north along the central street
Stone gables define the edge of development in this view north along the central street
Vernacular tile roofs overlap onto facades in a contemporary manner
Vernacular tile roofs overlap onto facades in a contemporary manner

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