Eye-catching shades of grey for student accommodation

Aliva UK has designed a façade in stunning shades of grey for student accommodation at the University of Bath.

The Aliva team worked closely on the bespoke Grescovering terracotta rainscreen cladding with architects Stride Treglown for the accommodation blocks, which are home to over seven hundred students. The new buildings, constructed by Laing O’Rourke, needed a high-quality finish that harmonised with the overall clean and modern feel of Bath’s Claverton Campus.

The campus features a number of contemporary monogrammed University buildings, many of which look out on to the University’s popular sports training village. Aliva’s role was to create a finish that would blend in while creating a distinctive look for the accommodation block.

The team at Aliva rose to the challenge by creating a bespoke facade in shades of grey and black terracotta tiles, laid horizontally. Installation was by Prater ltd.

The resulting light and shade effect is hard to miss – the stunning façade spans two accommodation buildings over more than 6,000 square metres.

Aliva Managing Director James Ormerod said: “Bath is the largest terracotta project that we have undertaken to date, and we are proud of the quality and scale of product across the project. We provided a completely bespoke colour choice matched to three specific Pantone colours for the architect, who wanted subtle urban tones for this stylish accommodation.”

Architect Peter Dallyn of Stride Treglown said: “Aliva worked very closely with us, using their expertise to help us to achieve the very subtle colour variations that were essential for this project, and this involved several test firings of the tile colours. Aliva also ensured that the permutations of sizes were limited to keep costs down, without compromising the design. The completed façade has certainly met our expectations and we are very pleased with it.”