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The Now Building, Southampton

Bennett were the Main Contractor (Design & Build) for the development of a Student Accommodation Scheme on a brown field site at Cumberland Place, Southampton.

The 0.0918ha city centre infill site previously contained an office building which was demolished (by others) to make way for the development.  The new building covers circa 80% of the site area.

The new development has a total area of 6,536m2 and comprised of 206 bed spaces together with student recreational facilities, student gym, ancillary accommodation and all associated site works. The ground floor area houses the management suite, student recreational areas (juice bar/gym) and back of house/plant facilities.  The Student Accommodation comprised of a mixture of self-contained single occupancy and shared facility 3-person cluster units is arranged over Levels 1-9 & 11 while student study and entertainment facilities are located on Level 10.

The development site was extremely restricted in terms of access and required careful logistical planning and execution.  As a consequence offsite manufacturing and Modern Methods of Construction were employed which included the use of Bathroom PODs, Bamtec reinforcement and precast concrete elements.

The facade comprised a mixture of windows, curtain walling, brick slip and ACM cladding.  All facade systems employed on the project were subjected to close scrutiny and were supported by relevant test data.

The scheme was constructed under a tight programme and completed ahead of the 2018-2019 academic year

Project Details
Client: Cumberland Place Property Company Ltd
Architect: O’Connell East Architects
Surveyor: Gleeds Cost Management
Timeframe: 16 months
Cost: £14.5 million
Location: United Kingdom