4th May 2021
The Summit is a landmark structure and showcases some of the highest specification accommodation in Leicester. The development was designed to appeal to both postgraduate and overseas students, with fully-furnished apartments, including flat screen TVs and high speed internet access as standard.
Offering stunning views across Leicester, The Summit sits on a prominent corner site of a former hosiery factory, a stone’s throw away from the city’s university campuses.
The 369 individual apartments were split across a 22-storey reinforced concrete tower, a four-storey floor wing, which runs along Eastern Boulevard, and a further four storey wing which lies at the rear of the development.
Each apartment incorporates kitchen facilities and bathroom pods, with 107nr apartments in the lower building and 252 apartments in the tower.
Additionally, there is a basement on the corner of Jarrom Street and Eastern Boulevard, on the bank of the River Soar. The modern student accommodation building was constructed using an in situ concrete frame, and a twostorey lower block with provision for 10studios; suitable for wheelchair users with kitchens and bathroom fittings to suit the needs of disabled residents.
A challenge was to create a design which complemented the two-storey Victorian housing behind The Summit and the larger scale development alongside Eastern Boulevard.
This was achieved by differentiating the lower rise extensions with coloured panels, whilst the four floor wing is distinctive thanks to its roof line that ripples gently along its length.
The architectural treatment to the façades varies to achieve interest and to break down the elevations. The use of curved façades adds dynamism and reduces the apparent size. The building offers a modern contrast, whilst complementing its neighbouring context.
In 2020, Tolent carried out the recladding of the student accommodation building. The works comprised the removal of the existing ACM composite cladding and replacement of 100mm mineral fibre insulation, a new floor spanning support system and 3mm aluminium cassettes, totalling over 23,600 sq ft of faceted facades and all works were carried out in a live environment in the city centre of Leicester.
The materials included a flame retardant membrane which provided an airtight and weather right seal to the building which is flame retardant to B-s2-d0 (EN 13501-1) standard, earthwool rainscreen slab which is a non-combustible rock mineral wool slab with a Euroclass A1 Reaction to Fire rating to BS EN 13501-1 classification, the highest classification available, specifically designed for the thermal insulation of rainscreen cladding systems to high-rise buildings. To allow for continuous ventilation and drainage behind the external envelope and in the event of fire, provide an effective hot smoke and fire seal, cavity barriers were installed to fill the void between the external envelope and the internal structure. The cavity barriers consisted of a non-combustible stonewool lamella core which give an overall reaction to fire performance to Euroclass A1 and were tested to ASFG Guidance utilising principles of EN 1363-1.