Stride Treglown is architect for the new accommodation blocks on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus.

Bathroom specialist secures third UWE contract


Stride Treglown is architect for the new accommodation blocks on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus.

Vinci Building has handed Offsite Solutions a £1.7m contract to manufacture 757 glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) bathroom pods.

Over recent Offsite Solutions has delivered 16 pod projects for Vinci, includes student accommodation schemes for universities in Swansea, Cardiff, Coventry, and Liverpool. This latest project is Offsite Solution’s third at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and second on the Frenchay campus

Due for completion for the 2023/24 student intake, this phase of the Frenchay campus development will provide 900 bedspaces in three buildings spanning over 26,000sqm and in clusters of four, six and eight bedrooms and with ensuite or shared bathrooms.

The architect is Stride Treglown with Amber as building services consultant.

It is one of the largest Passivhaus projects in the UK. The hot and cold water pipework, brackets and fittings in the bathrooms are all insulated. The shower and taps are designed to run at lower temperatures to reduce energy consumption.

Offsite Solutions managing director James Stephens said: “It is a ground-breaking project which will set new standards for the development of sustainable student accommodation.”

Vinci Building regional business services manager Steve O’Leary said: “I have managed the procurement and delivery of around 3,500 pods manufactured by Offsite Solutions in the past nine years. Their approach suits Vinci Building’s model of student accommodation very well. They have robust factory testing processes in place, which means the quality is better and more consistent.”

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