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33 Colston Street, Bristol

33 Colston Street is a six storey, 120-bed student residence at the University of Bristol, which suffered from a severe fire in October 2015. The initial phase made the building watertight with a demolition phase removing all internal partitions and services that had been affected by subsequent water damage.

The design team were asked by the University to rebuild the accommodation and where possible improve the student facing facilities. This included providing en-suite bathrooms throughout with a separate senior resident’s flat. Working with the end-users and student representatives we have enhanced the shared social and study spaces on the ground floor.



National Design Consultancy (NDC) was employed as Sub Consultants to Priddy Engineering Services who were the M&E Contractors on the project, as part of the Kier Western and Wales design and build project team.



The property was refurbished throughout, with new central heating and hot water plant, and variable air volume extract system serving each ensuite bedroom. The design also included a complete re – design of the power supply system, installation of LED lighting, fire alarm and security systems.



Due to the rapid project programme, the bathrooms were pods constructed off-site; these were pre serviced, ready for connection when delivered to site for connection to the domestic water services and ventilation systems. The designs were provided as part of NDC’s commission. This involved a high level of coordination with different disciplines within the project team to ensure all systems integrated successfully.



The constraint of working within the existing building with structural limitations was particularly challenging, and required a high degree of coordination between the design team. Despite the numerous challenges, the project was delivered on time and to a very high standard.

The building officially reopened in October 2017.