Halls of Residence and Catering Redevelopment, Reading, United Kingdom
Client: University of Reading
Services: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying
The University of Reading invested £94 million to upgrade its residential halls and catering provision, to provide 1,850 new study bedrooms.
The scheme looked at innovative design solutions for student accommodation, and included townhouse-style units to provide an alternative living arrangement to the traditional model.
It involved difficult logistics and program challenges, such as the demolition of the existing Whiteknights and Childs Hall, within a busy campus environment.
Accommodation consists of eight and ten-bed cluster units, each with a kitchen. These are arranged in blocks of up to six-storeys around a central core for circulation and plant space. The core provides access for up to three accommodation blocks, making the buildings very efficient in terms of floor area.
RLB has worked with the University of Reading since 2001, as one of its framework partners.
RLB provided cost management and quantity surveying.