Construction has begun on the University of the West of England’s new Passivhaus  student accommodation.

The £77 million development will see the replacement of the existing Carrol Court with 900 new student beds in a mix of studios and four, six and eight-bed clusters across 5 blocks ranging from three to six storeys. 

Designed by Stride Treglown, the development is set to become one of the largest Passivhaus certified developments in the UK. 

Professor Martin Boddy, UWE Bristol pro vice-chancellor, said: “It will contribute to the clear commitment we have made in our future strategy to make high quality, affordable, purpose-built university accommodation available to all our first-year students.  

It is also a key step for our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030 whilst contributing to species diversity and the quality of the environment on our main Frenchay campus.” 

Matt Tarling, director at Stride Treglown, said: “If we’re to seriously tackle our national carbon commitments, then all future projects will need the skills and experience we’re putting into action here.” 

Vinci Construction UK has been appointed as the contractor with completion set for summer 2023 ahead of the academic year. 

Image source: Stride Treglown

© Western Whistle (powered by

Sign up to receive your free weekly Western Whistle journal here.