Algernon Firth Student Accommodation

Contract Value
Northumbrian Water
Form of Contract
JCT Design & Build 2011

This Grade II listed former Institute of Pathology was converted to create 84 student bedrooms with communal living spaces and 28 self-contained studios with mezzanine decks. The conversion also included the creation a gym, laundry facility and private garden.

Minimal works were completed to the external art deco exterior other than external cleaning and general repairs to enhance the architecture. Where works were carried out to the building fabric, they were carried out sympathetically, using materials to match like for like.

The interior was transformed into modern apartments packed full of character. The apartments have been designed to provide a stylish place to live and include contemporary communal kitchens, ensuite shower rooms and stylish study areas. The original steel windows were replaced with double glazed units which matched the original profiles and added additional thermal acoustic benefit to the building.

Internal walls were removed to reconfigure the space to provide the 56 bedrooms and the 28 studio flats with study areas on mezzanine decks. The decks were located within the original museum space, which took into account the tiered ziggurat form. The standard bedrooms ranged in size from 15m2 to 18m2 and the studios ranged from 20m2 to 30m2.

Darren Warneford

Director of Customer Relations, Esh Group

North East

T:0191 377 4570

Alistair Gill

Pre-Construction Director
Esh Build, Living & Facilities


T:0113 399 3030

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