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Sep 1, 2013

The Challenge

The completion of a one hundred and two bedroom concierge student apartments building in Exeter completed in September 2013. Colsons Group were commended on their efficient and high level of work for the project.

As the name of the accommodation states - this project needed to be picture perfect. The industry for student accommodation has become highly competitive in recent years, with more and more spaces being developed or converted each year, you need a facility that's going to stand out. Previously, students wouldn't have the luxury of options they have today. If you went to University before, you'd have a get what you're given policy and that would be it. Now you have options in all four corners of the area you're attending University in. That's why Picture House came to us to construct their residential student accommodation. We take a deep dive into the needs and requirements that come with our users (in this case the students) and make the most of the space available as well as the natural resources (light, air, ground) that we can utilise.

The location in Exeter for this student accommodation was ideally situated for students, with the main hubs for students in terms of bars and University access, we ensured the accessibility was key as to attract all students. We then built rooms that made use of as much light, this light exposure will allow students to feel that little bit better on a Thursday hangover.

We then constructed facilities that students would actually make use of, such as - a spacious gym, cinema room, bar and common room.

The clients on this project were over the moon with the standard of work completed and within such a tight construction period.


Planning consent was granted in November 2011, with on-site works commencing march 2012 and the building opened fully let in September 2013.

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