Client: Watkin Jones Project Value: £650k Project Completion: September 2020 Project Manager: Paul Davis
Alma Court, Canterbury is very much part of the new breed of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) designed to offer flexible living and easy access to a number of universities. Situated just off the city centre in Canterbury, it’s walking distance to Canterbury Christ Church University and a short bus ride to both University for the Creative Arts and University of Kent.
The 400 rooms are all en-suite, with built-in storage, dedicated workspace and shared living and kitchen space. There are also studio rooms complete with a mini-kitchen, designed for couples. It has a well-equipped gym, multimedia room, games area, study room for joint working and an open courtyard for working and sharing time together outdoors in the warmer months.
The plant room was powered by a new CHP unit that was installed and fully commissioned. Within the plant room, we installed the boiler plant and manifolds alongside the cold water storage, calorifiers for the hot water provision and all of the associated pump and pipework. Hot and cold water was supplied throughout the building.
Above ground drainage was completed across the buildings and rainwater capture and collection. For fire safety, a Premiermist sprinkler system was also added along with all of the controls and electrical wiring. As an additional measure, dry risers were installed throughout to allow the fire service to provide water within buildings in the event of a fire.
With the data demands of modern student life, the IT provision was a significant requirement for the build. Both the management suite and IT room are fully air-conditioned to maintain performance of the on-site staff and keep the technology stack at its optimal operating temperature.
It’s one of the highest specification student builds we have delivered and another one for the team to be very proud of.