Developer Alumno has recently celebrated the opening of its new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme – Ravilious House – on Brighton’s Lewes Road. The ceremony included the unveiling of a plaque by the city’s mayor, commemorating 14 WWII bomb victims who tragically lost their lives on a nearby site on 20 September 1940. The new development is named in memory of Eric Ravilious, an artist with a strong connection to the area who was also sadly killed in WWII.
Along with studio flats, Ravilious House contains many two-aspect rooms, alongside residential amenities such as a cinema and billiard room, bar, library area and cycle parking. Designed by Greenaway Architects, the three and four-storey scheme accommodates 60 students, primarily from The Screen and Film School.
There’s also a café and retail space on the ground floor and basement, plus internal and external communal areas for relaxation and study. These include a ‘green’ rooftop Winter Garden offering views over Brighton, encouraging biodiversity and improving air quality, where two prints by Ravilious are on show.
“We are delighted to have partnered closely with The Screen and Film School, Brighton to tailor this project for the specific needs and ideas of the establishment.
“Ravilious House is located on Lewes Road, known as Brighton’s Academic Corridor due to its strategic location near to several higher education establishments, including Brighton and Sussex Universities, making it the ideal site for a student residence.
“As with all our projects, we have worked closely with the local authority and residents to deliver maximum benefit to the adjacent community.”David Campbell, Managing Director (MD), Alumno
Lightbox displays and photography adorn the internal communal areas following the theme ‘Brighton in Film’, to add relevance and character to the building. The works were created by Screen and Film School students Akira-Kai Kitazono, Maya Dodwell and Daniel Booroff, the winners of a competition organised by art curator Matthew Jarratt on behalf of Alumno.
Alumno’s sustainability commitments have also been incorporated into the scheme, where renewable energy via discrete on-site solar panels, low-energy lighting and high-efficiency air-source heating has been utilised.
“We are particularly pleased to have worked with Alumno to offer our students such exceptional accommodation in such a unique and bespoke building. Our students will certainly be inspired by their surroundings and can be sure of experiencing top quality facilities in a central Brighton location.”Iztiar Leighton, Principal, The Screen and Film School, Brighton