Vita Student, St Albans Place


City centre student accommodation, meeting stringent energy and sustainability targets delivered on a tight programme.

Vita Student’s first development in Leeds, St Albans Place comprises 376 high quality studios together with contemporary amenity and hub space spread over 18 floors. CWC were commissioned to develop the mechanical and electrical engineering services design, and to oversee the services installation through to completion.


Student Residential


£30 million


Select Property Group


The Challenge

The constrained city centre site, close to the Leeds ring road and local attractions, presented a number of acoustic and air quality considerations. The project was required to meet BREEAM “Excellent” standard and Leeds City Council’s planning policy to reduce CO2 emissions by 20%.

The Solution

CWC worked closely with the acoustic and air quality consultants and carried out extensive Dynamic Simulation Modelling to assess the development for overheating risks when assessed against CIBSE TM52. The final solution employs a mixture of natural and mechanical ventilation strategies.

The Results

The CO2 reduction was achieved by optimising the building fabric performance and employing low and zero carbon strategies, including combined heat & power (CHP).

Luxury studios, exceptional communal facilities and stunning views offer an unrivalled student experience in Leeds.


2021: RIBA Yorkshire Award 2021 and RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year

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high quality studios

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