With there being more pressure on students than ever before, the role their accommodation plays has never been more important

to, and work undisturbed when studying for an important exam. Providing spaces in our facilities that students can go to study or to socialise helps residents feel part of a vibrant, global community. Scape work with designer Ab Rogers to develop student accommodation that puts comfort and wellness at the forefront. We believe that the maximisation of space is vital to student wellbeing and by incorporating a range of smartly hidden storage areas within rooms we have given students much more space. For instance, our mattresses can be lifted easily to provide a large space for storage. In the kitchen, the fridge is tucked neatly behind a cupboard door, and in the bathrooms the mirrors open to reveal a shelving system. Window seats in rooms add extra space, extending proud of the walls to provide an additional area for relaxation or shelving. Giving students as much storage space as possible allows them to organise and ‘curate’ their space.

Each aspect of our student rooms has been designed with student wellbeing in mind. Sleep deprivation greatly increases stress and with this in mind, all of our rooms offer double beds plus their own temperature controls, meaning students can control their environment and get the best possible sleep all year round. Equally, the colour scheme is key when it comes to affecting mood. The secret to creating a stress-reducing and relaxing space is a soft- toned palette, and a clean, bright aesthetic helps to make a room feel serene and safe.

Our design partnership with Ab Rogers was seen in the development of our most recently opened property, which is in Dublin. It provides a design-led space for residents, accompanied by a wide range of services and communal elements, including a cinema, gym and kitchen.

The key to designing and building spaces fit for students is to consider all the above factors. With there being more pressure on students than ever before, the role their accommodation plays has never been more important. Through meticulously and expertly planning spaces with the student in mind however, a space can foster productivity while building community and supporting wellbeing. We hope and aim that all our residents feel nurtured and inspired during their time at university.

Neil Smith is managing director at Scape UK/IE



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