Elgin Student Accommodation
This 40 bed student accommodation in Elgin is part of a wider programme to provide accommodation at University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI) sites across the region.
The project regenerates what was a derelict site within a residential area. We worked with the local planning department to ensure that the proposals could take advantage of this excellent and very prominent site whilst remaining sympathetic to the neighbouring context.
The building is split into two wings with a linking entrance area between which shelters and defines the entrance and the frontage to the building. The pitched roofs and scale of the building are domestic in feel both to mesh with the local context and to avoid an institutional feel.
Externally the building is clean and crisp accentuating the simple forms. A combination of white render and grey timber-effect rainscreen cladding is carefully ordered to break down the scale and provide interest in the façade. The building is finished with a natural slate roof, again detailed in a simple and sharp manner to maintain a contemporary aesthetic.