106 Lewes Road

High quality student housing showcasing hybrid construction that combines a lightweight timber frame system with CLT slabs and core.

About this project

This high quality student housing project marks a transitional gateway site between Brighton and Lewes. Constructed from lightweight prefabricated timber wall sections and CLT slabs and core, it took under 12 months to complete.

The contemporary architecture is carefully designed to reflect its seaside town context, moderating between the historic Regency style architecture of Brighton’s centre to the south and the modernist university campus to the north.

Sculpted windows in alternate patterns draw light into the student suites, situated around the perimeter of the building, and animate the façade. The accommodation also features an outdoor terrace and double-height internal communal spaces.

The project elevates the civic presence of Brighton’s student housing, and turns the once derelict site into a defining visual entry point for the dynamic university town.

The project achieved BREEAM excellent certification.

Use of Timber

Located in the centre of a main road system into Brighton site boundaries presented a challenge. The structural solution consists of a hybrid construction using CLT walls and floors in combination with closed timber frame panels. Concrete screed floors, pre-cast stairs and a steel pergola structure add to the hybrid mix. All external walls were installed complete with doors, windows and internal insulation, plasterboard and electrical cutouts and draw wires.

Further information

Images: Daniel Shearing

Unstructured 9 EXTRA: Out of Town

Key contacts




Waugh Thistleton

Main Contractor

JSP Group

Cost consultant


Timber Contractor


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