Chadwick Hall Student Accommodation (Downshire House)

A series of new student accommodation buildings at the University of Roehampton, also known as Chadwick Hall. Skelly & Couch Ltd was appointed to provide full mechanical, electrical, public health and environmental services for the University of Roehampton on this design and build.

The project is to provide 210 student rooms within three buildings located adjacent to the Grade II*-listed 18th Century Downshire House within the Alton Conservation Area.

Strong features of the buildings include high levels of thermal insulation and airtightness and good levels of daylight. They will make use of a Combined Heat and Power system and a local district heating network. All of these factors contributed to the scheme meeting the London Plan’s 40% carbon reduction target and it being awarded a BREEAM Very Good Rating and an EPC rating of A.

The en-suite areas of the buildings were formed using pre-fabricated pods.

Skelly & Couch Ltd took the design to RIBA stage E and was then appointed by the contractor to complete the design.

A Regional Finalist in the 2018 Civic Trust Awards and winner of a 2018 RIBA London Award.

*RIBA 2018 National Award Winner*. RIBA judges referred to "the expertly-designed student accommodation of Chadwick Hall, London, built cleverly between a listed building and modernist flats and on an extremely low budget".

*Shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize*. The acclaimed student housing is one of a trio of university-backed projects among the six buildings shortlisted for architecture's most coveted prize. The judges' citation said: "This is a good example of timeless architecture. It is inspiring while remaining simple".