Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK
The projects brief called for accommodation that had to be cost effective, efficient to construct and robust. To achieve this ambition the design proposals utilised prefabrication to maintain quality and assist the construction programme. This strategy was dependent on allowing sufficient lead in times for these items to be produced and delivered. The project was constructed in 36 weeks and completed in August 2009.
The development is the first phase of a masterplan for the site and accommodates one hundred and six bedrooms arranged within two four-storey timber framed blocks.
It was a useful project for the practice as it is was a vehicle for testing new forms of construction. Budget and programme restraints lead to innovative solutions having to be made, with research into alternative materials and methods of achieving and maintaining design intent.