As part of a programme to upgrade the student residences provision at their campus in St Donats, UWC Atlantic College are delivering two new build blocks accommodating up to 48 students in each. The new accommodation consists of dormitory style bedrooms, shared bathroom facilities, communal study rooms, social and recreation areas as well as House Parent flats. The College were keen to create an environment within the new buildings that promoted inclusivity and community, whilst allowing for individual privacy.
A development of two new student residences buildings each comprising of 12 (4 person) dormitory style bedrooms, shared amenity spaces, quiet study rooms, day room, kitchen and lounge, as well as two house parent apartments.
The new buildings are located at the UWC Atlantic College campus in St Donats which is also the setting for the 12th Century Grade I listed St Donats Castle and a further 18 Grade I and Grade II listed buildings, Tudor terraced gardens and an ancient woodland, and is a site of special historic interest.
The acute sensitivities of this unique setting demanded a fully considered design approach in order to justify the proposals, including the presentation of an Historic Impact Assessment to Cadw during the planning process.
The building’s designs are based on the form and scale of the traditional Welsh Long House, but more contemporary in terms of material finishes and detailing. Large areas of glazing maximise natural daylight to the internal spaces, particularly the shared day rooms, and also promote views across the historic landscape. A combination of zinc, dark brick and cementitious cladding externally give the buildings a quiet but confident appearance and allow the forms to settle into their natural setting.