University of Liverpool, Greenbank Residential Liverpool, UK
The complex package of redevelopment sees six buildings (Derby House, Rathbone Hall, Rathbone House, Warden’s House, Warden’s Court and Roscoe and Gladstone Halls) replaced by three new student accommodation blocks. They are Derby Hall, Rathbone Hall and Gladstone Hall, which all take advantage of their unique setting and open up key sight lines and accessibility across the site.
The new build student accommodation creates 1,370 ensuite bedrooms in total, increasing the number of rooms by 40%. The redevelopment is part of a £250m masterplan by the University to build and upgrade accommodation at its city and Mossley Hill base.
The materials, scale and massing of the design have been developed to reflect the character of the conservation area and respect the distinctive mature landscape of the Greenbank site.
The new accommodation blocks have been created around three distinct landscaped courtyards and range in height from five to eight storeys making use of natural site levels. Their outer, or formal, elevations which face onto surrounding neighbourhood and conservation areas are finished in brick referencing the character of existing buildings such as Derby Old Court. In contrast, the inner park facing facades to Rathbone and Derby Hall are finished with shimmering metal shingles and Roscoe and Gladstone Halls with render introducing a range of tone, textures, richness and character to the inner courtyards and park setting.
The window configuration provides vertical and horizontal rhythm across the facade. Projecting bay windows with feature surrounds are placed in a controlled manner and high level windows are moved vertically to break the parapet line and form dormer features.