project type:
Student Accommodation

Unilife is a developer and operator of luxury student accommodation, As the development site was in a built-up residential area, the client had a requirement that the project be completed quickly and with the minimum amount of disruption to the surrounding area. Stelling Properties worked closely with Unilife and engineered the best solution for this development and used modular construction principles to deliver the project.  The development consists of 36 luxury self-contained student studio apartments with communal socialising and amenity areas over 3 storeys completed in 2013 and located in a quiet residential street near the city centre.

St James’s Street is located in a quiet residential street right next to the Portsmouth University Quarter.

The building is also just minutes from the city centre and Gunwharf Quays and features the full range of apartment types in this development. Including Unilife Twodio apartments, standard, premium and a 2 bedroom apartment.

Larger Luxury Plus studios are included in the building, offering a very cost-effective home for couples looking to share. Unilife are one of the only private student accommodation providers who are happy to accept couples even if one of the tenants is a non-student.

Unilife actively partners with the National Code for student accommodation as well as the National Landlords Association giving peace of mind to all our residents.

Design in Detailsa

In design, we bring characteristics of the natural world into built spaces, such as water, greenery, and natural light, or elements like wood and stone. Encouraging the use of natural systems and processes in design allows for exposure to nature, and in turn, these design approaches improve health and wellbeing. There are a number of possible benefits, including reduced heart rate variability and pulse rates, decreased blood pressure, and increased activity in our nervous systems, to name a few.

Over time, our connections to the natural world diverged in parallel with technological developments. Advances in the 19th and 20th centuries fundamentally changed how people interact with nature. Sheltered from the elements, we spent more and more time indoors. Today, the majority of people spend almost 80-90% of their time indoors, moving between their homes and workplaces. As interior designers embrace biophilia.








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Incredible Result

Establishing multi-sensory experiences, we can design interiors that resonate across ages and demographics. These rooms and spaces connects us to nature as a proven way to inspire us, boost our productivity, and create greater well-being. Beyond these benefits, by reducing stress and enhancing creativity, we can also expedite healing. In our increasingly urbanized cities, biophilia advocates a more humanistic approach to design. The result is biophilic interiors that celebrate how we live, work and learn with nature.