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Trinity College, Bristol - Student Village Design competition

By Stuart Hocking BA(Hons) DipLA CMLI HND (For)



HCUK Group is excited to be supporting the Modulor Studio bid for the Trinity College development competition. The bid has recently been shortlisted along with two other candidates.

Trinity College is a late 17th / early 18th century building (possibly with earlier origins) set in grounds that were formerly a landscaped garden, within a particularly verdant area of Stoke Bishop in the north-east of Bristol. Much of the original garden area has been divided up over time, as properties have been developed around the northern, eastern and western sides. The former orangery survives with a square ornamental garden in front of it, but much of the layout of the gardens as shown on the 1710 plan above has been altered. The college is an evangelical Anglican theological college, offering a range of full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses which are validated by Durham University through the Common Awards Scheme and the University of Aberdeen. Many of its students are training for ordination in the Church of England.

Bristol Housing Festival is hosting a competition on behalf of Trinity College to find a partner to help deliver a working design for a student village. The student village will need to provide private accommodation and communal areas with capacity for a minimum of 30 students in the first instance, with options to increase the capacity to nearer 60, either in the original phase or a later phase.


The brief seeks to preserve the green attributes of the site, so accommodation needs to blend in with the natural surroundings, not dominate them. Units of three to five bedrooms, with at least two of the units linked in some way, will make it possible to adapt to larger co-living communities up to ten. Units are to be used by a variety of single people, sharers, couples and families, requiring reasonably generous sized bedrooms.

HCUK Group will provide landscape, archaeological and heritage services to ensure that development is sensitively integrated into the historic site. Landscape and visual impacts will be mitigated where necessary. Our design approach will seek to enhance the setting of new and existing buildings, and to provide a coherent site-wide approach to the masterplan. The proposed landscape will be designed using a selected palette of hard materials and plant species, allowing the proposals to blend seamlessly into the sensitive landscape around the site. A landscape management plan will provide a holistic approach to landscape, trees and biodiversity. This will unlock the potential of a special place.

Follow the link below to find more information on the Modulor Studio bid. https://spark.adobe.com/video/y9iRVABwqwnpf

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