Staniforth House is Unite’s latest student development located in the heart of Birmingham. Previously a self-storage facility, the 15,2000sqm site provides modern student accommodation housing 586 bedrooms, plus a number of common rooms and meet and greet areas across 14 floors. The scheme utilises the panoramic views across the city of Birmingham with a roof top garden for students to relax and take a break from their studies.

Commercial construction specialists, The RG Group were appointed to handle the design and build of the development, with East Midlands Landscaping managing and implementing the construction of the roof gardens. Initial landscape designs for the rooftops were put together by Weddle Landscape Designs.

The space was divided up into two areas, one featuring stone paving and the other using artificial grass, the latter features a series of large rectangular WoodBlocX planters, bordered with integrated seating which utilise the height of the planters as a backrest. The paved area features a continuous WoodBlocX structure with a long, slim rectangular planter which acts as the backbone of the design and three large square planters extending outwards bordered with seating.

All WoodBlocX structures were finished with flush capping to provide a linear finish throughout. Additional lighting and a steel pergola framed the roof terrace creating a relaxed environment that can be used day and night. The WoodBlocX structures were installed in under two weeks and the build was completed in July 2018.

The project was BREEAM assessed, achieving ‘Excellent’. Furthermore, the project scored ‘Excellent’ (41/50) under the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The contractors were delighted with the speed in which the beds were built and the minimal mess and disruption caused on site, which is essential at such a late stage in the project.


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