National Regional inspires next generation of architectural technologists

National Regional Property Group is helping the next generation of architectural technologists and designers to hone their skills and develop new construction techniques through a collaboration with universities across Europe.

The company is taking part in a project led by Solent University which aims to investigate the use of timber in high rise construction projects. The European funded Erasmus research project is a collaboration between Solent University and universities in Portugal, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.

Over the three-year duration of the study, students and staff from all five countries are working together to assess the pros and cons of using timber in high rise buildings.

National Regional Property Group has been called upon to help provide a live case study of a British construction project. Students will take the company’s forthcoming East Street development as an example of a high rise building and assess whether they believe timber could be used as a viable alternative for concrete and steel.

This week Allan Gordon, National Regional Property Group’s managing director, will visit Solent University and brief students on the East Street development which has recently received full planning approval.

Allan said: “Our developments help to regenerate areas, as well as provide much-needed new homes. We’re thrilled that we can add yet another benefit in the form of inspiring the next generation of architectural technologists. I’m looking forward to sharing details of the project with students from all countries involved and it will be fascinating to hear the outcome of their work.”

Sarah Radif, Head of Architecture and Design Practice at Solent University said: “Real world learning is at the heart of the student experience we at Solent University aspire to deliver. Taking part in this research project not only helps create new knowledge, but will also bring numerous benefits to our students and widen their horizons by meeting academics and fellow students from our partner universities. What’s more, we are fortunate to be able to use the East Street development as a case study for students to test the viability of their findings and to have National Regional Property Group deliver the brief and site visit so students can hear and see first-hand details of the brief, it’s context and challenges.”

National Regional Property Group’s plans for East Street will completely regenerate the area. There will be 132 new apartments, along with retail space and car parking on the ground floor.

The proposals, designed by HGP Architects, see the main body of the building stand at 5 storeys in height, respecting both the Debenhams building and Eighteen East opposite, with a landmark tower element located on Orchard Lane at 15 storeys. Contemporary in design, most apartments will benefit from a private balcony, with proposed materials designed to be both durable and attractive.

Pictured – Allan Gordon will be talking to Solent University students this week as part of National Regional Property Group’s drive to support the next generation of architectural technologists