Construction has now completed on this large student residential scheme in Leeds. Rio were appointed by Unite Students, and subsequently novated as consultants for RG Group, to design White Rose View (WRV). WRV comprises 976 bedrooms contained within a mix of 4, 5, and 7 bed cluster flats as well as studios.

The residential accommodation is housed across two towers (17 and 27 storeys), with student life supported by communal spaces at ground, mezzanine and first floor where a joining bridge space links the 2 towers.

The communal spaces were designed by Rio Interiors and include a cinema, gym, karaoke room, kitchenette, game areas, study rooms and more. The ground floor of the 17-storey building also consists of a commercial restaurant-bar space and there is also basement car parking for use by the neighbouring office building.

The longer east and west facades feature significant glazing and aluminium rainscreen cladding - chamfered and folded to add relief, visual depth, and animation as well as facilitating good quality light. The shorter elevations are comparably minimal ‘bookends’ to the well-articulated long elevations. Good proportioning of the overall form, as well as the rainscreen panels that within it, is the conceptual driver here. Protective grilles to opening casement windows, air intake / extract perforations, external lighting fixtures, and an extensive diagrid canopy have all been coordinated regarding colour, form and general appearance to ensure that functional aesthetics are achieved.

The project scope included the demolition of two existing buildings, podium slab and part of a basement car park. The two structural cores were undertaken using different construction methods. The 17-storey tower was achieved using jump form construction whereas the 27-storey tower utilised slip form. Beyond this the superstructure is comprised of RC concrete frame, which is in turn clad with curtain walling and rainscreen cladding.

The delivered project was very well received by the end user client, and achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent.