Unity Street, Bristol

Client: Summix Ltd

Architect: Stride Treglown

Method worked with the project team to develop the planning submission for Bristol’s first purpose-built combined co-living and student living scheme. The development will incorporate a connection to the Bristol City Council district heating network and a roof-mounted PV array. The planning application was unanimously approved at committee.

Located on Unity Street in Old Market, the scheme comprises 189 student rooms and 102 co-living studios, with generous ground floor flexible co-working spaces. Method developed the M&E strategy, Energy and Sustainability statement, overheating assessments and various utilities reports to demonstrate a considered, sustainable and compliant design. The scheme is within Bristol’s Heat Priority area and requires a connection to the Bristol district heat network. Method engaged at an early stage with Energy Service Bristol (for district heating), along with other relevant utility suppliers, to ensure that appropriate space was allocated for major plant and to enable post-planning design development with a minimised risk of the need for material amendments. All input was clearly demonstrable in the form of discrete and concise reports for relevant Core Policy items.