1400 en-suite, study bedrooms have been built using concrete tunnel-form construction in phases over 6 years, to LSI’s masterplan. The siteplan responds informally to Lasdun’s overall site grid, and the internal layout provides social groupings of 8 and 12 rooms in ‘horizontal flats’ each served by kitchen-diners.

The first phase completed in 2005 provides 400 bedrooms within two blocks that are continuously curved in response to an established mound on the site. Signature colour render and timber clad core structures punctuate the façade, providing identity and wayfinding to the residences.

The second phase provides a further 900 bedrooms in five curvi-linear blocks, following the arrangement set out in LSI’s masterplan for the extension of the original Denys Lasdun designed campus towards the Eastern boundary of the UEA.

The UEA run a district heating main serving all of their on campus residencies and both phases connected into this efficient and sustainable source for heating and hot water. Allied to this is the use of high thermal mass and enhanced levels of insulation to provide an internal environment that is regulated by passive heating/cooling from the concrete structure.