This 40-bed student accommodation project 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 full advantage of this excellent and very prominent site while remaining sympathetic to the neighbouring context.
A sheltered entrance area provides a focal point to the frontage and acts as a link to the two accommodation buildings. The pitched roofs and scale of the building are domestic in feel, designed to mesh with the local context and avoid an institutional feel.
The exterior of the building is simple, clean and crisp. A carefully designed sequence of white render and grey timber-effect rainscreen cladding breaks down the scale and adds interest to the façade. The choice of natural slate for the roofs completes the contemporary aesthetic.