Engineering consultancy, WSP, have been successful in bringing forward the now approved plans to build brand new student accommodation in Bristol, worth £22 million.

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The new student accommodation will be located in St Thomas’ Street in Bristol, an area that has been undergoing significant regeneration plans since 2017 with the likes of the Redcliff Quarter development. What was previously a three-storey office building will now be replaced with brand new student accommodation up to three times its size at nine storeys above ground floor. It will comprise of 357 student rooms, a Ground Floor occupied by a mix of commercial and student hub space and a basement housing plant and a large cycle store.

Current proposals for the site is to form the new building in flat slab reinforced concrete construction, which would allow the building to be adapted in the future for a different use if necessary. These proposals are initiated by WSP as part of their ‘Future Ready’ programme incorporated into all of their projects that will help encourage retention and continual use of this site.

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Peter Bone, Technical Director at WSP and project manager says, “We are delighted to have been appointed by F3 Group to provide civil and structural together with mechanical and electrical engineering design services for this exciting and challenging project in the heart of Bristol.”

With demolition of the previous structure at this site due to take place in the coming weeks with the view to complete the project by September 2020, the team lead by WSP’s Bristol offices, will be providing mechanical and electrical, civil and structural engineering services, as well as providing fire and vertical transportation services to the new structure. The building is also expected to receive BREEAM certification to recognise the project’s sustainability.



For further information please contact Katie Brown on, 07899776923

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About ‘Future Ready’
‘Future Ready’ is WSP’s global innovation programme to see the future more clearly and to work with our clients to develop solutions that are both ready for today and for the future we anticipate.  It’s a unique programme – covering future societies, technology, resources and climate – delivering stronger client advice and positioning WSP at the heart of creating a future resilient, prosperous and sustainable society.  With Future Ready WSP is helping our clients prepare for future realities such as self-driving cars, ubiquitous renewables, ultra-flexible places, more severe weather events and increasing loneliness.

About WSP
WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.