We are excited to announce that Vita York Student Village has been shortlisted for the Construction News Awards 2018 in the Project of the Year (over £30m) category.
The 649-bed student accommodation complex was a former York convent and brings 18 modern student residences to an extensively landscaped listed site. Patrick Parsons’ MEP design services team provided detailed mechanical and electrical engineering design services for the £73m scheme, which is the first purpose-built private campus in the UK.
Included in the project was the conversion of the Grade II listed St Joseph’s Convent buildings, originally designed by a local Roman Catholic architect and built between 1870 and 1875. The team liaised closely with Historic England and the Council’s Conservation Officer to ensure that the design and development of the site was sympathetic and in keeping with its long-standing heritage in York.
One of the key challenges faced during the project was the various services distribution routes across the large site. Patrick Parsons provided fully coordinated services distribution drawings with a staged hybrid ducting solution to enable construction to continue with minimal disruption. Patrick Parsons also provided Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) generation for each block, along with Low Carbon Consultancy (LCC) and PART L (SBEM) calculations. The scheme achieved BREEAM very good status.
The official shortlist for the awards can be viewed here and the winner will be announced on 12 July at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.