Vita Student Accommodation York
The Vita Student project at Lawrence Street, York, designed for Select Property Group by Fuse, was completed in September 2017 – on time and on budget. Longworth were appointed by Wates Construction to install the timber rainscreen and stainless-steel roofing.
Timber rainscreen and stainless steel roofing
Longworth were appointed by Wates Construction to install the timber rainscreen and stainless steel roofing. Longworth installed, Uginox stainless steel, from SIG PLC roofing and 3,500m2 of Scandinavian Redwood rainscreen Including all associated substrate PPC aluminium flashings and rainwater goods. All fixings were supplied by SFS, with whom Longworth have an outstanding and Long term relationship with.
The Scandinavian Redwood, procured from Norclad was installed using two methods; castellated and timber fins, to create dramatic shadows across the building’s facades.
The site for the student accommodation is located within the grounds of a former convent building. The village will house 659 students in 15 three and four storey buildings across a 6.3 acre site. The former convent building is being restored for a communal use building.*
The project was expertly managed by Longworth’s Senior Contract Manager, Lee Smith and QS, Ian Cartwright. This was made all the more difficult as the original Main Contractor, Sheppard Construction, who at the time, were in the middle of an acquisition by Wates Construction. This meant that there were a number of personnel changes as well as new methods and expectations of working from the new Main Contractor. This could have been too much for some sub-contractors, but Longworth’s skill, knowledge and experience was commended by Wates Construction for making the transition as pain-free as possible. Longworth’s Pre-Construction Director, Steven Jones was heavily involved with ensuring the specification was correct and suitable for the project at an early stage with the architects, Fuse and the main contractor, Wates Construction.
Located within the grounds of the former Grade II listed St. Joseph Convent, the new “Student Village” provides 644 bedrooms across 15 new and 3 listed buildings. The project is Select Property’s largest completed student development to date.*
Fuse began design work on this exceptional site in 2014; when the remaining Sisters relocated to a smaller and more manageable property on the outskirts of York. The site presented a unique challenge: it is enclosed by a tall listed brick wall, contains a nationally registered orchard, numerous tree preservation orders, other listed buildings/structures and slopes approximately 7 metres from north to south, across its 200 metre length.*
Working constructively with the City of York planning officers throughout the design period, the team were able to secure planning approval and listed building consent in February 2015. In particular, Fuse collaborated with Re-form Landscape Architects in the creation of a masterplan concept which responded to and respected the site topography and existing landscape features.*
*words from Fuse case study
- Aperam Uginox stainless steel roofing
- Scandinavian Redwood rainscreen
- PPC aluminium flashings and rainwater goods
- Single-ply membrane roofing
- Liquid applied roofing
- Fixings from SFS
- Photographs courtesy of Fuse-Studios
What our clients say
"We’re really pleased with the proactive effort put in by Longworth to ensure the desired quality is achieved. The building is well received by everyone and regarded as a success."
Husnee Jamalluddin - Associate, Halsall Lloyd Partnership