Opal Sets Pace for City's University Growth with Pounds 20m Student Homes

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 18, 2008 | Go to article overview

Opal Sets Pace for City's University Growth with Pounds 20m Student Homes


A pounds 20m student accommodation scheme in the centre of Newport has been completed.

The Opal Student building was commissioned by University of Wales, Newport and will house 400. The scheme was designed by architects Boyes Rees.

The development has been built on a brownfield site in the Old Docks area of Newport as part of an extensive regeneration scheme, and it is hoped that an increase in the number of students living in the city centre will help boost regeneration further.

Gary Loo, director at Boyes Rees Architects said: "Our aim when designing this building was to create a high-quality studying environment as well as a great place to live.

"We also chose to adopt a sustainable approach for the design of the building and have included features such as natural ventilation and the use of sustainable building materials to make the building more energy efficient.

"I hope the students who have recently moved in are enjoying living in this fantastic and vibrant new building. …

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