Work completes on multi-million pound Bath student accommodation complex
Construction work has completed on an exciting new student accommodation complex on the site of the former Pickfords warehouse in Bath.
The 203-bed ‘Aquila Court’ development has been built by building contractors Speller Metcalfe on behalf of Bristol and Exeter-based property company, Eagle One, and is conveniently located just a short walk away from Bath city centre on Lower Bristol Road.
The project involved the redevelopment of the former warehouse site into two, four and five storey accommodation blocks. The development comprises of predominantly cluster flats with shared kitchens and dining spaces, flexible study and social areas – with superfast broadband and WiFi throughout – and further benefit from an onsite gym, laundry, games room and secure bike storage.
Aquila Court was carefully designed by Bristol-based architects, Stride Treglown, to complement the industrial heritage of the surrounding area, with the unique shape and façade of the buildings and use of industrial materials giving a nod to the site’s former use.
Andy Metcalfe, joint managing director for Speller Metcalfe, said: “Aquila Court is a fantastic example of a high quality, modern student accommodation scheme which has been thoughtfully designed to give students the space and facilities they really need.
“This has been a complex and challenging build and a huge amount of hard work and collaboration from the whole project team has gone into reaching this point. Despite the unprecedented challenges faced over the last 12 months, the end result is one everyone involved should be very proud of.”
Jon Symons, construction director for Eagle One, said: “The Speller Metcalfe team should be congratulated on the successful delivery of Aquila Court – a high quality and complicated city centre development built during a time of unprecedented dislocation in the construction industry. The manner in which the team rose to and overcame the challenges is to the credit of all concerned.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the first student to live at Aquila Court later this year.”