This £18.4m development is located in the east side of Newcastle city centre, a regeneration area previously occupied by light industrial buildings, a brick-built office, and a warehouse.
Comprising of three blocks of student accommodation extending to seven storeys ar Stoddart Street to the East, this scheme steps down to four storeys at Clarence Street to the West.
Designed by site architecture and developed and constructed bt BAM, the building features a refined palette of materials including brick, aluminium, and bronze coloured cladding in a range of natural colours to animate the facade.
FY65 Visible windows punctuate the mass of three blocks and provide a significant aesthetic impact. Installed in a vertical configuration to contrast with the cladding's horizontal lines, side-hung, open-out windows were mainly used with some top-hung, open-out vents - all fitted with exclusive Technal hardware including locking handles and releasable restrictors.
MX Visible Grid Curtain walling is also utlised in this project for its durability and design flexibility. Featured to enhance daylighting in communal spaces, it was installed at ground level alongside PY55 doors, and at height alongside the FY65 windows - adding interest by visually zig-zagging on alternate floors.
Within walking distance of Northumbria University's City Campus East, and the main Newcastle University Campus, The Shield offers a mix of self-contained studio flats and en-suite bedrooms with shared kitchens and houses up to 400 students.