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Vita Student York

  • LocationYork
  • Value£73m
  • ClientShepherd Engineering Services
  • ArchitectFuse Studio

Patrick Parsons’ building services team provided engineering advice for a new student accommodation development on a historic site in York. The £73m scheme will see the 6.3-acre site at St Joseph’s Convent on Lawrence Street redeveloped into a 649-bed student village accommodation.

The hot water services are provided from a central energy centre which uses Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and a district heating network to provide the hot water to each block. The scheme aims to achieve BREEAM very good status. Patrick Parsons also provided EPC generation for each block, along with Low Carbon Consultancy (LCC) and PART L (SBEM) calculations.

The project also includes the sensitive refurbishment and conversion of the existing Grade II listed buildings on the site. The convent was home to a closed order of Poor Clare Colettines for 140 years, until its closure in 2016.