ISG wins 40m student accommodation project in Cardiff

20 October 2017

ISG - Eclipse development, Fusion Students, Cardiff

ISG has commenced work on a circa £40m contract with Fusion Students to deliver a major new high-end student accommodation scheme in central Cardiff with 675 bedrooms over 26 floors.

The Zenith development, designed by Corstorphine & Wright Architects, will raise the bar for quality and specification in the buoyant student accommodation sector in Cardiff.

Located on Herbert Street, Zenith features self-contained studios and so called ‘twodios’ – that share an entrance and kitchen facilities, and boasts an impressive range of communal amenities including a cinema, gym, private banqueting facilities and 26th floor sky bar.

Constructed on a vacant plot of land in the city centre, the new student accommodation occupies a key strategic site close to the University of South Wales and the Cardiff University, as well as Cardiff Central Station, the central shopping area and Capitol Centre shopping mall.

The initial phase of the project sees the construction of the 26-storey concrete core structure, which houses lifts and the staircase for the new building.

ISG will use a concrete slip form method of construction to build this key structural element in just a 20-week period – one of the tallest structures to be formed in the UK using this dynamic building method.

The concrete frame structure is a hybrid of pre-cast and in-situ elements.

The building comprises 525 prefabricated concrete columns of 2.9m length supporting the floors, which will be cast in situ.

Externally, the building will feature curtain walling, terracotta rain screen cladding and brickwork to its façade, with a roof terrace area stepped back at the seventh floor.

The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2019 ahead of the start of the new academic year.

ISG has a significant presence and track record of delivering key projects in Cardiff.

The company is currently on site delivering the £100m+ Central Square redevelopment opposite Cardiff Central Train Station.

This Foster + Partners designed scheme includes a new headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales and offices for Hugh James and Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

ISG was also responsible for delivering the award-winning Cardiff Business School project for Cardiff University and recently completed Windsor House, a seven-storey student accommodation project for Fusion Students close to Cardiff Queen Street station.

ISG’s Construction West regional director, Jon James, said: “Cardiff is an incredibly vibrant and highly regarded university destination for both a domestic and international student population.

“There is real demand for high-quality and high-specification student accommodation in the city, and Fusion Students has an extremely compelling offer.

“The Zenith represents our latest scheme for Fusion Students and is set to become the benchmark for luxury student accommodation in Cardiff.

“This project and our development at Central Square are transformational for the built environment in Wales’ Capital city and I’m delighted that ISG is playing such a key role in this reinvigoration and reinvention of our city.”