Works have now completed on Vita Student Village York, the first purpose-built private campus in the UK. 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’ building services team provided detail mechanical and electrical engineering design services for the £73m scheme.
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. The redeveloped site has kept the the old orchard, which yields two tonnes of fruit a year, and the new buildings have been named after the pears, apples and plums it produces.
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 project was completed on budget and on schedule, with the first intake of students moving in for the academic term starting September 2017.