Arts University Bournemouth Student Accommodation


Project Details


Arts University Bournemouth

Project Manager



Design Engine Architects


Morgan Sindall



Project Summary

Morgan Sindall Construction was appointed by Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) to deliver a new £24.5m, 299-bed student accommodation scheme as part of continued investment into the university’s main campus.

The project was part of the next phase of the university’s redevelopment, which was central to AUB’s future aspirations to grow its reputation as a leading arts university. This project was unusual for a student accommodation project given that there was a major focus on sustainability and design throughout.

It was a truly innovative and collaborative process with AUB and our project partners to deliver a unique building which reflected the university’s core ethos. It demanded an incredible effort from the whole team, from AUB to the design team and across our supply chain – it extracted the best of our collective abilities.

The project is on track to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and demonstrates the university’s ongoing commitment to creating forward-thinking, sustainable buildings. Rather than one high-rise standardised block, the accommodation is formed of three buildings spread across 11 blocks. This consists of one main L shaped building made up of 7 blocks and two smaller buildings made up of pairs of blocks. Each building ranges from three to four storeys, with standard bedroom accommodation in each block, and each floorplate cluster features eight bedrooms with a communal kitchen and dining area. One of the blocks features solely self-contained studios, in line with DDA requirements where a small number of accessible studios are also included. All blocks are set out around a landscaped courtyard, allowing direct access to adjacent blocks. Many of the kitchens/communal space also face into this courtyard and towards each other to further improve the feel of student community and belonging.

The buildings are clad in specialist basket-weave brickwork, with features like projecting ‘halo’ style corner windows carefully designed to help integrate the buildings into both the campus and surrounding residential environment.