Rio Architects

Raising the bar in architectural standards







Luxurio is Future Generation’s student accommodation building in Loughborough, designed with the principles of scale and form established in Charnwood Borough Council’s Town Centre Masterplan.

It comprises a mixture of 458 bedrooms, studios, duplexes, student townhouses, and communal and reception areas, including flexible community space and 116 cycle parking spaces.

The design of the building was shaped considerably by the heritage and history of the Leicestershire area. In-depth research of the links, ideals, materials, and forms in Leicestershire informed the design of this bold landmark building. It draws inspiration from forts, castles, solid masonry structures, and brick industrial buildings characterised by robust grid façades and prominent towers that define the area.

As a result of thorough consultation with the community, the active ground floor involves student accommodation services and a communal area with space dedicated to community use.

The 3-7 storey building has set a quality benchmark for intelligent and attractively designed buildings in Loughborough and sets a distinctive and unique landmark near the town centre.

The design of the perimeter form sweeps up in height from 3 storeys opposite the listed cottages up to a constant 5 storeys to align with the town’s master plan. And, where two major roads meet, there is a taller section of 7 storeys.

The corner structure stands out with a material that is visually similar but texturally different. The arrangement of the windows adds a playful and dynamic quality to the overall street view.

The typology of accommodation varies across the site. The townhouse-style residences, located across from the listed cottages, not only match the street’s residential feel but also contribute to the liveliness of the street by offering individual front doors.

Two internal courtyards provide a shared pedestrian/vehicular courtyard and a landscaped external social space for students. The main entrance is located centrally, with a reception serving the two ground-floor uses of student amenity and community spaces.

The iconic building now forms a distinctive and unique landmark in Loughborough. It displays the town’s diverse community and cultural heritage through Florence Sargent’s artwork, winner of an art competition in collaboration with the University of Loughborough and local councillors.


Constructing Excellence East Midlands Building Project of the Year Finalist 2022

Fostering a lasting student community experience