VITA - 5* Student Scheme Achieves Planning

VITA Student, a scheme to provide 279 luxury student suites in Manchester city centre, has been approved by planners.

Designed by the Manchester office of 5plus Architects the 10 storey building will form part of the £500m First Street development, future location for ‘Home’, the city’s new arts venue.

The building is aimed at the growing number of international and post graduate students who want hotel standard accommodation and will include a 5,400sq ft student hub offering a reception, cafe, gym, a lounge and gaming area with communal iMacs.

The building is designed to maximise efficiency on the bedroom floors to allow generous communal spaces with great visual connection to the public realm proposed at First Street. Twenty eight self-contained units are provided on each floor, arranged along a central corridor. A fire engineered approach has led to a single central core.

The units each have a centrally positioned bathroom and kitchen unit which separates the sleeping living areas. The VITA Student brand delivers a luxury finish with porcelain tiling, integrated appliances, lacquered cabinetry, Corian surfacing, as well as broadband and flat screen TV.

Carly Grice, a director of 5plus said: “This is an interesting project. We adjusted the brief to work within engineering economies to make it a super-efficient design with a luxury fit-out.

“The building’s appearance incorporates the geometry of the VITA Student logo and the introduction of a diagonal element to the cladding which allows the repetitive bedroom module to be disguised.

“External brise soleil amplify aspects of the diagonal grid and work as subtle external signage.

“Variations in the texture and finish of the rain screen cladding provide variance across the façade and the incorporation of some elements of metallic panel provide a sense of movement.”

The development is the fourth to be created by VITA Student and aims to be open in September 2014.