New Edition Print Hall Creates Homes for Bristol Students

A brand new state of the art student residence has opened in Bristol city centre, revitalising the site of a former newspaper print works.

The disused Bristol Evening Post buildings were demolished in 2011, with only the basement structure left intact. The new eleven-storey development built in its place, will provide new homes for up to 270 students. Named Print Hall, in recognition of the history of the site, the development will welcome its first residents from September, in readiness for the start of the new university term.

Desco delivered the building services engineering design for the new Print Hall which has been constructed within the original footprint of the newspaper printing facility. The building design cleverly houses most of the mechanical and electrical engineering plant within the existing basement structure, which used to accommodate the newspaper printing presses.

The overall scheme comprises of three blocks of accommodation. A range of studio suites and individual en-suite rooms with shared kitchens, are supported by communal amenities including a reception area, management offices, common room, meeting and study rooms and an on-site gym.

With three universities located in the city, along with three theology colleges and two further education colleges, Bristol has a high demand for student accommodation. It is hoped that the new Print Hall will go some way towards meeting this demand, as well as acting as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area of the city.

The development was managed by Bankfoot Group and is being operated by CRM Student Accommodation; Desco’s design and construction colleagues on the scheme included Russ Drage Architects, structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel, urban designers Planit IE, cost consultants Core Five LLP and construction group Midas. 

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