The project included the construction of over 130 en-suite student bedrooms, overlooking the historic Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford. Bedrooms are grouped into clusters, with communal kitchen/diners. Other facilities include a gym, cinema, and social spaces.
The five storey building was constructed on a constrained site, with the original façade of the St Aldates elevation retained. In addition to the student accommodation, the ground floor incorporates three large retail units with street frontages.
The student accommodation is partly managed by Christ Church, with the remainder directly let on the market. Services and circulation routes are zoned accordingly.
2018 Oxford Preservation Trust Winner
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
The new student residences will be built on the current University of Creative Arts, Farnham campus and will provide accommodation for 252 students in typical cluster flat arrangements.
The typical cluster bedrooms have been designed as groups of four, six or eight and housed within five buildings across the steeply sloped site.
Rather than follow a prescribed sustainability agenda such as BREEAM, CBG worked closely with the University to develop a bespoke sustainability policy that should maximise the benefits of low energy design and a low cost in use.
CBG developed a centralised energy strategy that included a combined heat and power unit and new infrastructure through they whole development.
Amberley Road Development, Westminster City Council
The Amberley Road scheme is a mixed use residential and learning development in the heart of London with a site on the banks of the Grand Union canal.
The project comprises a new government ‘free school’ provided by Ark Atwood Primary Academy and education facilities for Westminster Adult Education Services. High quality private residential accommodation which includes 48 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units and basement car parking. Penthouse apartments include a duplex arrangement with roof gardens. The primary school is a 2 form entry for 180 key stage 1 and 240 key stage 2 pupils with 30 place nursery.
A combined energy strategy utilising a combined heat and power plant will be provided which satisfies the GLA London Plan and provides a 25% Carbon reduction over current Building Regulations.
The residential units are designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.
Varley Halls, University of Brighton
The University of Brighton is a blooming, multi-campus coastal university. Due to it’s growing academic popularity, there was a demand to expand its student residential blocks.
Varley Halls is the university’s largest hall residence, with rooms for nearly 500 students. CBG were engaged by Leadbitter Construction to undertake this exciting project, helping to improve student accommodation provision.
The project involved full dynamic modelling and detailed energy assessment for design and build contractor proposals. CBG provided services within three new residential blocks, Hub building and CHP/Boiler energy centre, compliant with the employers requirements.
Grade II Listed Manor House
Grade II listed manor house located in the middle of its own landscape.
Working closely with Smallwood Architects we have developed a full refurbishment design to an exceptionally high quality & standard, to include a remote energy centre to feed several buildings on the estate including ancillary buildings, cottages and swimming pool. The property will be a full integrated system with intelligent automated controls for all heating/cooling and audio visual.
Oxfordshire Castle & Manor House
Dating from the 15th Century, a very careful and detailed refurbishment and extension of this historic castle and manor house.
The extension includes a complete new wing incorporating reception rooms, ground hall, staircase, indoor pool & leisure facility, underground garage facility and extensive wine cellar.
A fully integrated and intelligently controlled house introducing the latest technology all set within a very traditional architectural aesthetics.
Grade II Listed Manor House
Full refurbishment and extension of existing Grade II Listed Manor house of approximately 12000 sq ft using high quality finishes and integrated mechanical and electrical services.
The Grade II listed Georgian Manor House has undergone extensive refurbishment including the building of a new indoor pool and leisure complex, full size cricket pitch and pavilion.
Luther Court, Thames Street, Oxford
CBG worked with A2 Dominion on this mixed use development in central Oxford.
The project comprises of four blocks, three of these are for social and affordable housing, incorporating 42 apartments and the fourth block is for student accommodation for Oxford Brookes University, with 78 en-suite rooms split across five storeys. Heating and hot water is provided by a centralised CHP boiler, with heat interface units provided to each apartment. These allow residents to pay for their energy costs using a pre-payment metering system.
Southwark Bridge Road, London
Comprehensive redevelopment of the existing Southwark Bridge Road Fire Station site as part of a mixed use development of 200 unit residential apartments, commercial units and a 1200 place new secondary school.
A free school funded by the EFA under the new Free School programme with the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The development includes both new build and refurbishment of existing grade II listed building.
A very tight urban site with significant number of planning issues to overcome. A full combined energy strategy has been developed which allows low and zero carbon technology to be utilised for both the school and the residential sites.
Complex site delivered under the London Plan.
West Country Park House
Restoration of a West Country Park House. The 18th Century house was last refurbished in the 1950s, the project involves the sympathetic modernisation of mechanical and electrical services, along with redecoration of internal spaces and the inclusion of en-suite bathrooms.
The former staff quarters in the attic were converted into new guest accommodation. Existing fixtures and features were retained where possible, including 19th Century graffiti by a disgruntled servant. Infrastructure was upgraded across the site, with a new electrical supply provided to the stables and workshops.
Challenges included the removal of an unattractive external boiler flue added as part of the last refurbishment, and provision of new internal drainage.