Rhodaus student apartments gets the green light

Guy Hollaway Architects are pleased to announce that last night saw Canterbury City Council vote in favour for planning consent of our proposed student accommodation scheme, situated at the Rhodaus site in the historical city of Canterbury. 8 Members voted for the development, one against and one abstained. The supporting councillor said that Canterbury city's industry is students, and therefore we should be supporting schemes of this nature to encourage the Canterbury economy.

After announcing the regeneration to the Canterbury public, GHA received a very positive response with the locals and local media, welcoming our commitment to regenerating Kent.

The location is within St. Georges to Canterbury East Station's regeneration zone, and is next to the Canterbury Christchurch library and City Wall. The site currently contains a run-down Peugeot Showroom, Petrol Station and Garage. Lying partially in an old burial place, making this an area of Archaeological interest that has been contaminated by the presence of the petrol station. Canterbury Archaeology Trust will be carrying out their own extensive excavation of the site.

Canterbury City Council outlined in November 2011 that this site would be appropriate to be developed as Student Accommodation. GHA looks to transform the area, introducing a 563 bed new build student Apartments that is sensitive to the site, adding to the growing academic presence in Canterbury whilst maintaining its historic character. The proposed new build will be located further away from neighbouring houses in Rhodaus close than the existing garage buildings, which provides an improvement in daylighting from the vertical sky component.

The façade has been inspired by arrow slits in the turrets of the adjacent city wall, thus the architecture's materiality and form has evolved from the buildings relationship to this.

An 'active frontage' to the student accommodation will provide an interactive interface providing leisure facilities such as a new gym and student study areas. The buildings will be formed around a garden square, which will provide landscaped external space for the accommodation. This residence seeks to serve the increasing student population of Canterbury which is in the excess of 40,000 future young professionals. Increasing the quantity and addressing the need for student accommodation in Canterbury will reduce the necessity of HMOs (House in Multiple Occupancy), which will allow these houses to revert back to much needed private housing.

Published on 3 June 2015

1. Facade Frontage
2. View looking South-West.
3. View looking East
4. Close-up of Entrance Way