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Fostering student communities that provide a home away from home

Purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) isn’t just about designing buildings, it’s about designing communities. Yes, residents come to study, but social and enrichment experiences are key to their success. Accommodation has a crucial role to play in this journey.

From the start of each project – whether we’re designing from scratch or enhancing an existing plan – our focus is on attracting students and parents while maximising a site’s potential. This doesn’t just mean designing high-quality buildings and spaces, it also means creating schemes that maintain their competitiveness year after year.

Student Living Projects

We have proven track record delivering schemes that help clients develop their reputations and portfolios in this sector. Browse recent student living projects.

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With Corstorphine & Wright, you get high-quality schemes with longevity – that attract discerning students today and maintain their appeal into the future.

Community & Student Experience

For many students, university is their first time living away from home. If they’re from overseas, they can travel thousands of miles – and know no one when they arrive. We’re well-versed in incorporating study and social areas, gyms, cafes and games rooms in a scheme whilst providing the flexibility to adapt spaces as needs change.

The real skill comes in designing spaces that foster community and create places that people want to live in and use – a true home away from home. Projects designed in this way are the ones that generate demand at launch and for years to come.

Place-driven Design

Students want to live in spaces with character – they want inspiring surroundings with thoughtful, practical features. Spaces also need to work and flow well to maximise a site’s potential and gel with the surrounding area.

You benefit from our deep placemaking expertise, which is rooted in our cross-sector experience across city living, urban design and mixed-use. This includes our collaborative approach, whether it’s working with Historic England and conservation groups on heritage matters, local authorities on height considerations or communities on social value. You therefore get schemes that respond to and enhance their context.

Efficiency & Delivery

We don’t just design PBSA schemes, we design schemes that get built. We understand the deadlines involved with delivering in line with academic schedules – the need to finish on site in preparation for the new term, so clients can give confidence to students who have reserved a place.

Through our streamlined stakeholder and supply chain coordination, our ability to get consent, our ability to maximise efficiencies and our use of innovative construction techniques, we help you deliver successful projects on time.

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    11,000+

    Student beds successfully designed

    5-10%

    Efficiency boost routinely achieved for PBSA clients

    40+

    Years of PBSA experience

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