Winvic starts groundworks for PBSA project in Bristol

Winvic starts groundworks for a purpose-built student accommodation project in Bristol, which will be its second multi-room scheme in Redcliff Quarter.

CGI of the Bristol student accommodation scheme. Winvic starts groundworks for the scheme by Madison Cairn | PBSA News
CGI of the Bristol student accommodation scheme. Winvic starts groundworks for the scheme by Madison Cairn.

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, is awarded a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme by Madison Cairn. After successfully completing the initial enabling works and piling operations, Winvic begins the groundworks, which comprise under slab drainage and ducts works and installation of concrete pile caps, beams, ring beams and the ground floor slab.

The concrete frame programme – which will climb to 12 storeys – begins in April 2023. The Bristol Byzantine style has inspired the external aesthetic of the scheme along with the prevailing use of brick and stone and metal cladding in the area. Red and black bricks will be used on the façade alongside a contrast of fluted and flat glass reinforced concrete (GRC) and metalwork cladding.  

“This will be one of Bristol’s most sustainable and high-quality student accommodation schemes, which has been designed by working in conjunction with Bristol City Council and the local community. This is the second project that we are working on with Winvic Construction, and we are excited to build upon our relationship in a partnership approach.”

Aneil Handa, Principle, Madison Cairn

The PBSA development will deliver 367 studios and shared rooms and is part of the second phase of Redcliff Quarter, located on the corner of St Thomas Street and Cross Street in Bristol, which is a ten-minute walk from the University of Bristol’s main campus. 

PBSA scheme in Bristol that has been inspired by the Bristol Byzantine style | PBSA News
PBSA scheme in Bristol that has been inspired by the Bristol Byzantine style.

When complete, the development will include three seven-bed cluster rooms, 16 six-bed cluster rooms, 11 threedios, 11 twodios, 176 studios and 19 accessible rooms. On the ground floor, there will be 4,600 sq ft of flexible communal spaces, ancillary accommodation and storage for 184 cycles.

The building form is predominantly an L shape to accommodate a 2,700 sq ft, landscaped first floor communal roof garden terrace to the rear. The roof at level 12 has been designed as a blue roof to provide the building with the function of water attenuation. Handover is scheduled for Q1 2025. 

The PBSA development completes the wider urban block, which it has been designed to complement, and adjoins a new Build to Rent project on two elevations. The construction works will be programmed to coordinate with the Build to Rent scheme, which was acquired by Grainger in 2022 in partnership with Madison Cairn, and is due to complete in 2025. Several underground services will be installed and diverted as part of the project, and the PBSA will be connected to the Bristol Heating Network.

“We’re delighted Madison Cairn has selected us to partner on this scheme. This repeat business is a testament to strong collaboration and the partnership that we have built with this client. Both projects come with their own challenges and deadlines, with this site being particularly constrained on logistics – due to the interface of the adjoining buildings – and the limit space on this city centre location. Nevertheless, the Winvic team appointed to the Redcliff Quarter student accommodation project have a wealth of experience and we are looking forward to safe delivery through to 2025.”

Mark Jones, Director of Multi-room, Winvic