In focus: Freestone Road architectural design

With plans for the Freestone Road purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development approved, we reveal an architectural insight into the design of the scheme.

A focus on the architectural design of the Freestone Road PBSA scheme in Bristol | PBSA News
A focus on the architectural design of the Freestone Road PBSA scheme in Bristol.

With a design inspired by Bristol’s industrial heritage, Chapman Taylor’s plans for Freestone Road regenerate a disused embankment site bordering the railway approach to Temple Meads station, and adjacent to the forthcoming Bristol University Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

The distinctive architecture of the buildings references the area’s industrial past, using simple singular forms featuring pitched roofs and prominent gable-ends with a rusticated base treatment and rich brickwork detailing.

The main entrance will be the focal point at the end of a new pedestrian route proposed to run through the forthcoming University Campus development and has been designed to give a strong identity to the scheme providing communal space with active street frontage and a busy reception area.

Concept image of the complete Freestone Road scheme | Chapman Taylor | Host Student Housing | Savills | PBSA News
Freestone Road scheme.

Working with Bristol-based landscape architect Churchman Thornhill Finch, the end landscape courtyards have been designed as wild gardens creating private amenity space that is reflective, calm and informal, while the middle ‘Yard’ provides space for active social and amenity such as table tennis or yoga space.

The buildings will be set back from the site’s boundaries to allow for wider pavements and much improved public realm, while connectivity with the surrounding urban area will be improved.

Concept image of the complete Freestone Road scheme | Chapman Taylor | Host Student Housing | Savills | PBSA News
Freestone Road scheme.

Chapman Taylor and Savills’ planning team secured planning permission for the Freestone Road scheme last month. The proposals will provide sector-leading student accommodation for specialist student accommodation developer and operator Host Student Housing Ltd. The scheme will deliver 204 bedrooms across four buildings connected by bridge links over open landscape courtyards.

Freestone Road is one of two schemes in Bristol that Chapman Taylor has designed for Host Student Housing Ltd.