Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation

Zebra Architects have a fast growing portfolio of projects within the student residential sector. Through an understanding of the student experience, Zebra are able to deliver schemes that are attractive to students and also add value for clients. Zebra take a collaborative approach to ensure that each proposal is specific to the site and deliver the build to programme and budget. The projects presented represent some of the varying student residential projects that Zebra are currently involved with across the UK.


Redvers Tower, Furnival Gate, Sheffield

Situated in Sheffield City Centre, this refurbishment of a vacant 14 storey tower is only a short walk from both Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield University. Offering a gymnasium, a HD cinema room, a large well equipped games room and study spaces, this provides a perfect living environment for students in Sheffield with a great balance of work and play.

Providing 176 units, split between well planned studio apartments and 'buddy' apartments, this is a great addition to Sheffield City Centre.

Metchley Hall Student Accommodation, Birmingham

Located in the Harborne area of Birmingham, a new student accommodation building to provide apartments specifically for the medical students of Birmingham University.

The construction period on site was just 7 months due to the requirement for completion prior to the start of the academic year. Therefore the 65 studio apartments were completely prefabricated off-site, and then transported to site for assembly.

Managing the subcontractors, programme and the co-ordination of each design package was key to the delivery of the scheme ensuring that there was no margin for error which could ultimately jeopardise the inflexible practical completion date. Metchley Hall was successfully handed over on time and budget to a delighted client.

Pavilion Student Accommodation, Birmingham

Adjacent to the lively Broad Street area of Birmingham City Centre, this 5 storey development provides 138 studio apartments and 9 one-bedroom apartments. With a private courtyard to the rear, secure entry systems, social hub and a communal laundry room, Pavilion offers an excellent standard of student living space.

Zebra designed this utilizing prefabricated modular construction methods; each apartment unit was assembled off-site, then transported and craned into position. This process ensured maximum technical accuracy and improved the overall build time.

Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Within the shell of the locally renowned furniture store, Maskreys, Zebra were asked to design a scheme that incorporated the existing building, as well as consolidate some of the untidy ancillary spaces to the rear to provide 52 student bedrooms and refurbished ground floor retail space.

Working closely with Bristol Planning Department, Zebra achieved a fully detailed planning approval for the client.

St Marks Street, Lincoln

On the site of a former bacon factory, and only a stone’s throw from the University, Zebra were commissioned to design a halls of residence building.

With a mixture of bedroom clusters, 2 bed ‘buddy’ units and studio apartments, Zebra Architects gained full planning approval for a building achieving 110 bed spaces over 7 storeys. The bedroom mix came as a result of discussions with the University of Lincoln, and the building also offers a ground floor coffee shop, a concierge and a launderette for residents.

Modular Construction

Zebra have a great level of experience of working with modular construction companies. Pod construction allows a high specification whilst minimising time on site.

Modular construction can offer a convenient alternative to traditional construction. Working with a high level of co-ordination, prefabricated pods also allow a huge part of the construction process to happen away from site.