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Compass Student Residences

External Architectural Visual of Curzon Circle Compass building in daylight

Compass is an ambitious lifestyle-orientated studio village, designed to give students a place to live, study and feel part of a vibrant community.

Glancy Nicholls Architects led the design and delivery of this landmark student accommodation scheme, providing 290 high-quality studio apartments adjacent to the thriving Eastside and Gosta Green areas, home to Aston and Birmingham City University.

The design carefully considers the neighbouring HS2 station with a low-level blue brickwork podium that references the local railway vernacular; and a profiled metallic fa├žade articulates the dynamic trapezoidal form of the tower element. The development is completed by a blue brick accommodation wing which reinforces the urban grain of this corner plot site.

The student experience has been factored into the design throughout the process, ensuring the excellent provision of lifestyle-centred spaces. These include a student lounge, home working space, private dining space, gym and yoga facility and external courtyard terrace with a BBQ area.